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Fraud and plagiarism

Committing plagiarism and other forms of fraud is a serious offense, even if it is done in concept versions of texts because the final grade is based on concept versions as well. The department will check for fraud and plagiarism through the use of plagiarism detection software.

Plagiarism means that you suggest something is your own work when in fact it is not. An example of plagiarism is when you copy ideas of others without properly sourcing them. Another example is when you copy a text without placing it in quotation marks, or without making clear that it is a quotation. Besides the fact that plagiarism is prohibited because in doing so you cannot be judged on your knowledge, insight, and abilities, plagiarism is also seen as intellectual theft. Within the academic community this is seen as unacceptable behaviour.

If you are guilty of committing fraud there will be consequences. It may be that you will not be allowed to take any exams during one or more periods. If it is determined that you have committed fraud, this will be reported to the Examination Board and passed on to the dean of the faculty. Finally, you will not be able to receive extra commendations such as cum laude if you complete your bachelor or master’s degree.

Nota Bene: If it is determined that fraud was committed in group work, then all members will be held equally responsible. Therefore, the complete work should be checked before it is handed in.