Plagiarism is clearly defined in the University of Divinity Academic Integrity Policy, Section 5.3. Plagiarism is the use by one person of another person’s work as though it is the first person’s work without appropriate attribution. This includes (but is not limited to) the following circumstances:
a) submits work for assessment written wholly or in part by another person whether for payment or not
b) uses or paraphrases work from any source other than the person’s own work, including a book, journal, newspaper article, set of lecture notes, current or past student’s work or any other person’s work
c) when writing a computer program and presenting it as his or her own, incorporates the coding of a computer program written by another person
d) uses a musical composition or audio, visual, graphic or photographic work created by another person
e) uses realia created by another person, including an object, artefact, costume or model.

All work submitted for assessment must be the independent work of the person concerned. Students agree to a statement declaring the work as their own in the process of submission of each assessment item through Turnitin.

All written assignments are submitted through Turnitin via the ARK Learning Management System.

When a high percentage of similarity is detected in a student’s assignment by a lecturer, without proper acknowledgement of the original source, the first consideration is whether there is intent to deceive or whether the student is lacking academic skills to acknowledge sources and paraphrase correctly.

Where it is judged that there is no intent to deceive, the student will be referred to a tutor. Students may also avail themselves of the Academic Skills Sessions.

Where intent to deceive is proven the matter is referred for further action by the Chair of Examiners. The decision from the Chair of Examiners ranges from a written warning to failing of the assessment task or unit, requirement to resubmit or recommendation to the Academic Dean to discontinue enrolment. 

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