Plagiarism Policy





The plagiarism policy is an attempt by the college to identify the problem and give staff and students guidelines on how to deal with the issue. It also sets out for staff and students clear procedures on the issue. It is important all teaching staff and students in the college carefully read the policy, guidance and warnings.


The college will make sure that:


1. All teaching staff carefully read the policy, guidance and warnings on plagiarism.


2. All staff carrying out internal or external assessed work must make students aware of the guidelines on plagiarism. They must explain how to cite any work that is not their own and include all resources used in a bibliography.


3. All tutors and teachers before the main examination and coursework period must make students aware of the college plagiarism policy.


4. Teaching staff that suspect any student’s work, which is not examination, based and is plagiarised should deal with the issue. They should make students aware of the issue and penalise them through internal mark schemes if relevant. If a student persistently plagiarises the issue should be reported to the Head of Department and Tutor. The Head of Department will see the student and make them fully aware of the penalties imposed by the exam board and monitor the student’s work. If the plagiarism still continues an alert should be issued and the Head of Division should be informed.


5. If teaching staff suspects plagiarism with examination work then the Director of studies should be alerted immediately to the issue. The Director of studies will deal with it depending on the severity of the plagiarism. If it is a minor offence such as the student forgetting to include a resource in the bibliography or failing to cite a small amount of text and the student can be given time to rectify this before the exam deadline then this should be dealt with by the department. If it is a more serious offence involving students copying work, collusion or major sections of work plagiarised then the tutor and Examination Officer must be informed by the Director of studies. The college will then take appropriate action. In the majority of cases this will involve informing the exam board of the offence.




Candidate Malpractice with Coursework

and Written Examinations.




All candidates must receive guidance on how to cite any work that is not their own. They must be aware that all resources used must be included in a bibliography. It is vital that all Internet sites are also clearly shown.


It is important to make sure students:

• Always cite the sources of ideas and all resources used in a bibliography

• Do not reproduce verbatim or near verbatim extracts from other resources, e.g. textbooks, Internet

• Note that quotation shorter than two lines (approx) or 20 words (approx) may be included in inverted commas in the normal run of text (source clearly shown in the Bibliography)

• Realise that longer quotations should be indented and could be shown in a different Font

• Try to avoid quotations longer than 200 words

• Try to avoid the over use of quotations in their work

• Use numbered footnotes for elaborations, elucidations, asides and associated points that would otherwise clutter the text. They should be placed in footer on the relevant page or in a separate list at the end of the assignment (before the bibliography)

• Use appendices for substantial elaborations, e.g. copies of questionnaires, documents, and newspaper reports.

• When including charts, graphs and tables put them in the main text, but they must be numbered and referenced

• Use the Harvard system, which is a simple name date system. Care should be taken with the references; the important point to remind students’ is to be consistent