You will read below the official policy on plagiarism at UEA, including INTO. It may be difficult to understand, so here is a simple summary. It tells you how we are going to apply the policy while you are at INTO.
For the first part of your course, we will treat plagiarism as only a mistake. Your teacher will talk to you about it; you may have to re-write something; the Plagiarism Officer may meet you and make a record; you may have an extra writing session. But there will be no punishment, and you will not lose marks.
For the second part of your course* (the Academic Support Team will send you an e-mail in good time), plagiarism could mean a formal meeting for you, with 5 days’ notice or less at the end of your course. As evidence we will use a Turnitin report, or sources found by your teacher, or a grammatical comparison with another example of your writing, or other documents. You will have copies before the meeting. There will be two Plagiarism Officers, someone will write down what is said, and your marks could be reduced, or changed to 0% in serious cases. There will be a record against your name.
It is always best, when you are not sure, to check with your teachers.
*For I Y O and Foundation Business & Humanities, this starts with the second written content assignment;
*For Foundation Science, this starts after the first 16 weeks;
*For Graduate Diploma, this starts after the Research Proposal.
It is your job to know the rules about Plagiarism. Here are the main points:
- Proofreading. This is not allowed at INTO. Do not ask anyone to proofread your writing. Do not pay for a proofreading service, and do not ask a friend to correct your work.
- Timed Writing. There are regular tests of your writing in class. These are important, and you must attend.
- First Drafts. Be sure you produce these as directed. Always keep a copy.
- Assignments. All assignments, whether for content or language, must be written in your own English.
- Computer Software. Do not use translation programs, except for individual words. These will be the translator’s words, not yours, so this is plagiarism.
- Pasting Text. Do not paste text into your assignment with an acknowledgement at the end. A sentence is allowable with “quotation marks” but you should do it only once or twice, and science students not at all.
- The text that you write must be very different from the text of your source, which means the word order, and most of the words. Only a small percentage – names, two- or three-word specialist phrases (e.g. elasticity of demand), and scientific terms – can be repeated unchanged.
- We may ask you for an electronic copy of your work. If you don’t provide it, the work may be disregarded or given a mark of 0%
Please remember these, and if you are in doubt, ask your teachers.