Plagiarism is clearly defined in the University of Divinity Academic Misconduct Policy, Section 1.3. Plagiarism means the copying and use of previously assessed work, or the work of another person without proper acknowledgment. Plagiarism may take several forms.
Any of the following, without full acknowledgment of the debt to the original source being made, constitutes plagiarism:

  1. Direct duplication, that is copying, or allowing to be copied, another’s work, whether from a book, article, web site, another student’s assignment or personal lecture notes, etc.; 
  2. Paraphrasing another’s work closely, with minor changes but with the essential meaning, form and/or progression of ideas maintained; 
  3. Piecing together sections of the work of another or others into a new whole; 
  4. Submitting work for a unit or thesis material which has already been submitted for assessment purposes in another unit or thesis (unless acknowledgment was made prior to the unit or thesis being commenced, and written permission given by the Academic Board); 
  5. Producing assignments in conjunction with other people (such as another student, or a tutor) which should otherwise be the student’s own independent work; 
  6. Having another person write an essay or assignment on the student’s behalf; and 
  7. Purchasing and submitting essays or assignments from online repositories or elsewhere
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 (via the Learning Support Coordinator). 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.

University of Divinity Policy

Further Information


Mr Jude Caspersz, Learning Support Coordinator