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Plagiarism

Plagiarism in Assessments and Examinations

Definition

Plagiarism is defined as “direct copying of textual material or wilful use of other people’s data and ideas, and presenting them as one’s own without acknowledgement, whether or not such materials, data and ideas have been published.” (See Regulation 6 of the “Regulations Governing Students' Academic Conduct Concerning Assessment”.)

Coursework or dissertations submitted for assessment and examination purposes must be the student’s own work. Any passages quoted must be clearly marked as quotations and properly attributed to the authors concerned (according to established academic conventions). Paraphrases or summaries of other people’s work or ideas must also be properly acknowledged and documented.

In order to avoid plagiarism, students are strongly advised to read the booklets published by the University called "What is Plagiarism?" and "Plagiarism and How to Avoid It" and to consult teachers when necessary.

Faculty Policy

Plagiarism is a serious academic offence. The Faculty of Arts upholds the principle that plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and any student found plagiarizing is liable to disciplinary action in addition to failing the assessment concerned.

Protocol on the Handling of Plagiarism

1.

Purpose of the Protocol

The purpose of this protocol is to affirm the Faculty’s commitment to upholding academic honesty in all programmes and courses, to ensure consistency in the handling of plagiarism across the Faculty of Arts, and to alert students to the importance of avoiding plagiarism and the academic and disciplinary consequences it entails.

2.

Definition of Plagiarism

Regulation 6 of the University’s Regulations Governing Students’ Academic Conduct Concerning Assessment (85/214) states: “A candidate shall not engage in plagiarism nor seek to employ any other unfair means at an examination or in any other form of assessment. Plagiarism is defined as direct copying of textual material or wilful use of other people’s data and ideas, and presenting them as one’s own without acknowledgement, whether or not such materials, data and ideas have been published.” Two booklets distributed via the University’s website educate students on the importance of academic honesty and how to avoid plagiarism: “What Is Plagiarism?” (http://www.hku.hk/plagiarism/) and “Plagiarism and How to Avoid It” (www4.caes.hku.hk/plagiarism/).

3.

Handling of Plagiarism

(a)

The University perceives plagiarism from two perspectives, as a matter of assessment and as a form of disciplinary misconduct, calling for different penalties depending on the seriousness of the offence:

(i)

As part of the assessment process, the teacher will decide whether to recommend to the Board of Examiners (BoE) that the student should be given a failed or reduced grade;

(ii)

As part of the disciplinary process, the teacher will decide whether to lodge a complaint with the Disciplinary Committee (DC) against the student by writing to the Registrar (within 1 month from the time when the matter of complaint arose). The Vice-Chancellor will then take one of the following actions:

(1)

dismiss the case (where it is considered that the complainant has not established a prima facie case for complaint); or

(2)

issue a strong reprimand letter; or

(3)

refer the case to the DC for a formal hearing.

(b)

In keeping with the University and Faculty’s view of plagiarism as a serious academic offence, the Board of Examiners for the BA Degree (BA BoE) has approved the practice set out below, to be followed by all teaching units and examiners from the academic year of 2009-10:

(i)

All teaching units publicize warnings against plagiarism via the School/ Centre websites, programme handbooks or course materials;

(ii)

A student who is found to have committed plagiarism will be confronted with the offence by the teacher or Chief Examiner, either at a meeting or in writing;

(iii)

The teacher in consultation with the Chief Examiner concerned, assesses the seriousness of the offence and determines the appropriate penalty in terms of the examination result, which shall in any case be not less than a failure in the assignment or examination where plagiarism has occurred;

(iv)

The teacher in consultation with the Chief Examiner concerned, may, depending on the seriousness of the case, in addition pursue any of the following disciplinary actions:

(1)

a warning letter to be issued by the Head of School/ Centre;

(2)

a warning letter to be issued by the Dean or Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning);

(3)

a complaint to be lodged with the DC against the disciplinary misconduct of the student by writing to the Registrar (within 1 month from the time when the matter of complaint arose).

(v)

Chief Examiners will report established cases of plagiarism to the Secretary of the BA BoE at the time of the submission of examination results each semester. A summary of all cases of plagiarism and the sanctions imposed will be reported to the BA BoE along with the examination results of the students concerned. A record of the established case of plagiarism will be kept in the student file.

May 15, 2009

Amended March 18, 2013 and April 17, 2014

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