Macao Polytechnic Institute Guidelines for Plagiarism Avoidance
Introduction of PlagiarismPlagiarism is an act of fraud. It is using others' ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information.
- give credit whenever you use another person's idea, opinion, theory, facts, statistics, graphs, drawings – any pieces of information – that are not common knowledge.
- quote another person's actual spoken or written words; or paraphrase of another person's spoken or written words.
- put in quotations everything that comes directly from the text especially when taking notes.
- paraphrase, but be sure you are not just rearranging or replacing a few words.
- check paraphrase against the original text to be sure you have not accidentally used the same phrases or words, and that the information is accurate.
- cite all the sources you have used in your work.
Violation of the Plagiarism PolicyIf a student is suspected of plagiarism, the course teacher will discuss this with him/her and may also report it to the School Director / Programme Coordinator who shall conduct a thorough investigation. Established cases should be reported to the Pedagogic Committee for further consideration. The Plagiarism case will then be investigated further and a decision will be made about the conduct and any penalties a student would receive depending on the nature of the misconduct and also the stage that a student is at in his/her programme of study. A zero mark to that piece of work will normally be given if a student copied someone else's work or a student let someone copy his/her work.
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