Plagiarism overview

The Research Director acts as plagiarism officer for the Programme. Teaching on the professional and ethical implications of plagiarism is also included in the academic curriculum. While accepting that the majority of trainees do not plagiarise, the programme takes seriously its responsibilities to detect plagiarism and a number of initiatives are in place. These include checking of all assignments via a special plagiarism software package.

However, the programme has its own plagiarism policy which has been informed by university regulations. The policy outlines procedures and penalties that will be used to monitor, identify and deal with plagiarism. It is the aim of the programme that informal advice on plagiarism is always available to trainees so that any example of plagiarism in draft or submitted assignments cannot be excused by lack of knowledge.

It is also important to note that all aspects of a submission fall within the remit of the plagiarism policy; this includes (where appropriate) the text on approval and suitability forms, project/assignment proposals etc.

Within the documents it is noted that appeals on decisions made regarding plagiarism can be made to the Standing Academic Committee. All decisions made by the Postgraduate Review Committee (PGRC) or the Standing Academic Committee are binding on Boards of Examiners.

Lancaster University plagiarism framework