This information relates mainly to student plagiarism as a student conduct matter for instances where plagiarism is discovered or suspected in student work. The Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Service (LEADS) Service resource gives more details about how to avoid plagiarism.
Standard University Declaration of Originality Form
All assignments must be submitted with a copy of the Standard University Declaration of Originality Form [Word] signed by the student (or the online equivalent where assessment is submitted online).
The primary purpose of the form is to remind students of the University's policy on plagiarism when they are working on and submitting assignments.
Schools may customise the form with their own name but should not alter the content. Specific School requirements, such as word counts, may be incorporated by adding new lines or making minor amendments to existing text.
How to report an incident (Staff)
Members of staff who suspect that student work contains plagiarism must report it to the Head of School or his/her nominee. The Head of School or nominee may decide that the case can be dealt with by the School (provided the student is not in the Honours year or on a postgraduate programme), or alternatively that it must be reported to the Senate Assessors for Student Conduct. Guidelines for Heads of School should be followed. Normally, Schools should deal only with first offences by non-Honours students. Any case involving an Honours or postgraduate student should be referred to the Senate Assessors regardless of the severity of the plagiarism, because any penalty applied could impact on the student’s degree classification or ability to graduate. Any case involving a second offence at any level must be referred to the Senate Assessors.
For cases where it is decided the School should consider the case, the Head of School may nominate a member of staff to act on his or her behalf.
Schools must report all cases where plagiarism is found to have occurred to the Senate Office (email firstname.lastname@example.org) even if the case has been dealt with at School level. This assists with the identification of second or subsequent offences.