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Durham University

Department of Physics

Plagiarism, cheating and collusion

Your attention is drawn to the seriousness of plagiarism. Below is an example of the form which you will be required to complete at registration each year.

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

PLAGIARISM

General Regulations of the University, Section VIII(C), state that

"In formal examinations and all assessed work prescribed in degree, diploma and certificate regulations, candidates should take care to acknowledge the work and opinions of others and avoid any appearance of representing them as their own. Unacknowledged quotations or close paraphrasing of other people's writing, amounting to the presentation of other persons' thoughts or writings as one's own, is plagiarism and will be penalised. In extreme cases, plagiarism may be classed as a dishonest practice under Section IV, 5(a)(x) of the General Regulations and may lead to expulsion."

I ............................................................................ (name) undertake that all assessed work to be submitted for my degree will be a result of my own work except where group project work is involved. In the case of a group project, the work will be prepared in collaboration with other members of the group. In all other cases material from the work of others not involved in the assessment will be acknowledged and quotations and paraphrases suitably indicated. I authorise the uploading of my work onto a plagiarism detection system, at the discretion of the Department of Physics, if plagiarism is suspected or for routine screening of work for plagiarised text.

In accordance with General Regulation VIII(D), I also undertake not to submit the same piece of my own work (or two substantially similar pieces of work) for assessment in two different modules, whether both modules are in the Department of Physics or one module is in another department. I authorise the uploading of my work onto a plagiarism detection system, at the discretion of the Department of Physics, if multiple submission is suspected or for routine screening of work for multiple submission.

Signed: ........................................

Date: ........................................

If a case of plagiarism, cheating or collusion is suspected by any member of the Board of Examiners in Physics the procedures outlined in the Learning and Teaching Handbook will be followed. Any proven case may result in a penalty ranging from a numerical deduction in the mark given for an assignment through to exclusion from the University depending on the severity of the case.

Cheating includes:

  • Communication with or copying from any other student during an examination;
  • Communication during an examination with any person other than a properly authorised invigilator or another authorised member of staff;
  • Introducing any written or printed material into the examination room unless expressly permitted by the Board of Examiners in Physics or course regulations;
  • Introducing any electronically stored information into the examination room, unless expressly permitted by the Board of Examiners in Physics or course regulations;
  • Gaining access to unauthorised material during or before an examination;
  • The provision or assistance in the provision of false evidence or knowledge or understanding in examinations;
  • Using any other inappropriate or unauthorised means to achieve credit for a piece of coursework or an examination answer.

Plagiarism includes:

  • The verbatim copying of another's work without acknowledgement;
  • The close paraphrasing of another's work by simply changing a few words, or altering the order of the presentation, without acknowledgement;
  • Unacknowledged quotation of phrases from another's work;
  • The deliberate and detailed presentation of another's concept as one's own.

Collusion includes:

  • The conscious collaboration, without official approval (e.g. on weekly problems, lab reports, etc.), between two or more students in the preparation and production of work which is ultimately submitted by each in an identical, or substantially similar, form and/or represented by each to be the product of his or her individual efforts;
  • The unauthorised co-operation between a student and another person in the preparation and production of work which is presented as the student's own.

Under the University regulations there is also an offence of multiple submission, i.e., the inappropriate submission of the same or substantially similar work of one's own for summative assessment on more than one occasion.