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Referencing and Plagiarism

Academic Skills

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University of Suffolk Academic Honesty Policy

The University of Suffolk Student Guide to Academic Misconduct states:

As a student, you are expected to follow appropriate academic practices while you are at University of Suffolk. 

  • Your conduct is expected to be honest and fair.
  • Your presentation of assessment is expected to be in accordance with appropriate academic conventions and standards
  • You behaviour in exams and other assessed activities should be in accord with University of Suffolk regulations.

Academic Misconduct refers to actions involving assessment that fall outside these expectations.  Examples of Academic Misconduct include:

  • Submitting others' work as your own in assessment (Plagiarism or Collusion).
  • Making up results of research or experiments (Fabrication)
  • Cheating in exams

Academic Offenses

Plagiarism is when you present someone else’s work, words, images, ideas, opinions or discoveries, whether published or not, as your own. This also includes taking the artwork, images, creative practice or computer-generated work of others, without properly acknowledging where this is from or you do this without their permission.

You can commit plagiarism in examinations, but is most likely to happen in coursework, assignments, portfolios, essays, dissertations and so on.

Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Passing off as your own a piece of work that is partly or wholly the work of another student
  • Citing and not referencing sources that you have not used
  • Quoting, summarising, or paraphrasing material in your assignment without citing the original source
  • 'Recycling' a piece of your own work that you have previously submitted for another module or course (self-plagiarism)

It is important that you do not plagiarise – intentionally or unintentionally – because the work of others and their ideas are their own, and to use someone else’s work, words, images, ideas or discoveries is a form of theft.

Collusion occurs when two or more individuals collaborate to produce a piece of work to be submitted (in whole or in part) for assessment and the work is presented as the work of one student alone.

It is NOT collusion if students in a class are instructed or encouraged to work together to produce a shared piece of work.

However, if there is a requirement for the submitted work to be solely that of the individual, students will need to produce their own work. Students who, improperly, work together in these circumstances, are guilty of collusion.

Examples of collusion include:

  • Agreeing with others to cheat
  • Copying the work of another person (with their permission)
  • Allowing another student to copy your own work

Cheating is an academic offense because students who cheat aim to gain an unfair advantage over others.

Examples of cheating include:

  • Taking unauthorised material into the examination room (including smartphones or 'cheat sheets'
  • Inventing results (including experiments, research, interviews and observations)
  • Handing your own previously graded work back in
  • Getting an examination paper before it is released
  • Behaving in a way that means other students perform poorly;
  • Trying to bribe members of staff or examiners.

Fraud occurs when someone has deliberately and knowingly allowed or paid another person to do their work, or sit an examination for them.

Examples of fraud include:

  • Getting someone else to produce part or all of your work
  • Submitting essays from essay banks and essay writing services
  • Paying someone to produce work for you
  • Submitting computer programs from a computer program writing service
  • Allowing someone to sit an examination for you
  • Pretending to be another student.

1:1 bookable appointments can be made with your Academic Skills Advisers for your subject area.

Students from Ipswich can book two appointments per week (if you are a student from the Learning Network, please contact your library) - 

  • up to 1 hour with an Academic Skills Advisor

Appointments are scheduled in 30 minute slots.  

Schedule an Appointment