According to Oxford University, Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. Plagiarism in general can take several forms
When plagiarism is suspected in whole or in part, it is reported to the Disciplinary Committee. If a charge is upheld against the student who committed plagiarism by the Disciplinary Committee, the following penalties will be imposed:
The Originality Report is NOT a plagiarism report. An Originality (or Similarity) Report is merely an indication of similarities between a piece of work submitted by a student and a database of previously submitted work, websites, and other sources. If a match between a submitted piece of work and an existing work is found, Turnitin, which is the current implemented software in AFU, will highlight the matching text and provide a summary in the Originality Report. This means that the accuracy of the Originality Report depends largely on the repository of resources against which the submitted work is compared. The matching text found is not an assessment of whether work has or has not been plagiarized. Originality Reports can help tutors to locate potential sources of plagiarism. The decision to deem any work plagiarized should be made only after careful examination of both the submitted paper and the suspect sources.
Copyright laws must be closely observed. Copying, altering or unauthorized use of course material, University records, or instruments of identification is prohibited. Students are expected to abide by relevant patents and intellectual property rights.
Complicity in academic dishonesty consists of helping or attempting to help another person commit an act of academic dishonesty or willfully assisting another student in the violation of the academic code of integrity. Complicity in academic dishonesty is pre-meditated and intentional. Examples:
All students are expected to abide by the principles of academic honesty set out in the Student Handbook.
Academic honesty is monitored by colleges, primarily by faculty involved in teaching and assessment of student’s work.
Academic dishonesty or cheating includes acts of plagiarism, forgery, fabrication, or misrepresentation and cheating during examinations. Definitions and examples are outlined in the Academic Honesty Procedure in Examination Procedure.
All academic work and materials submitted for assessment must be the original work of the student or group of students. Al Falah University (AFU) has zero tolerance to Plagiarism and cheating.
Faculty members / Instructors should take into consideration the following guidelines:
Each faculty member/instructor has to verify each and every similarity index.
The Originality (Similarity) Report produced by Turnitin can be used as a tool for students to improve their academic writing and as a tool for faculty to help them decide on plagiarism.