Aberystwyth University BAD
Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. It is taken very seriously by the University. As a breach of the regulations on Unfair Practice, it is a disciplinary matter which can lead to severe penalties up to and including permanent exclusion from University. This statement sets out how the University defines plagiarism and how it deals with suspected cases in student work.
Plagiarism is the act of using someone else’s work with the intent to deceive by presenting it as your own. This can include using, in your coursework, particular phrases or expressions, individual sentences, or substantial chunks of text from the work of others, without making it clear where they are from. The source material could be essays written by other students, articles or information downloaded from the internet, or books and other published works. In extreme cases, students might submit work which is entirely written by someone else, or use only a small amount of material which forms a critical part of the coursework, such as a few lines of computer code. Translating work from another language and presenting it as your own is another form of plagiarism.
The purpose of plagiarism is normally to obtain higher marks than you think you would get for your own unaided efforts. There are various reasons for this. You may lack confidence in your ability, perhaps in a particular subject area within the degree, or early on in your studies. You may desperately want a very good degree result and doubt that you can achieve that on your own. You may not have managed your time effectively and panic at the last minute before a deadline. Whatever the reasons, presenting the work of others as your own is unacceptable. It is regarded by the University as cheating.
No academic work is ever absolutely original. All students and academics build on the thoughts and discoveries of their predecessors. Students are expected to demonstrate familiarity with the established literature in their field. They will be citing articles and books that are especially relevant before making their own contribution. It is essential to identify clearly the sources of the ideas and text which are being borrowed from elsewhere, and to ensure that credit is not claimed for the work of others.