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Plagiarism is a word you may have heard or even read about in the news recently, but what is it all about?
Very simply, plagiarism is when you take someone else’s work or idea and pass it off as your own. Put even more simply, plagiarism means that you steal someone else’s work and then lie about it afterwards.
The information in this booklet will explain plagiarism in more detail. It will describe what it looks like, what you can do to avoid it and what are the consequences of deciding to plagiarise.
Why worry about plagiarism?
Plagiarism is an act of fraud.
The consequences of plagiarism can be severe, depending on whether it is done intentionally, and to what extent.
* If the plagiarism is minor and unintentional it may mean you are given the chance to rewrite your work.
* If the plagiarism is extensive and/or deliberate you may fail that piece of work.
* If the plagiarism is in more than one piece of work, you may fail the course.
* In very serious or repeat cases, you may be suspended or excluded from college.
The Coleg Gwent ‘Learner Disciplinary Policy’ states that ‘Plagiarism should be treated as serious or gross misconduct ...’ which means that you could receive a formal written warning. According to college policy, if you continue to plagiarise, you may be suspended or excluded from the college.
Tutors are well aware of the issues of plagiarism. If they suspect your work contains plagiarism they will investigate the incident and respond appropriately.
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