If your university suspects you have committed ‘plagiarism’, you may be searching answers to the following questions:

  • What is plagiarism in university?
  • What are examples of plagiarism?
  • How can I appeal against plagiarism allegations?
  • How can I defend allegations plagiarism?

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is defined by the OIA as ‘presenting someone else’s work or ideas as the student’s own’. This can also include ‘self-plagiarism’ which involves re-submitting a copy of previous work.

Universities should make sure that all students are provided full training not only to avoid any breaches, but to also make sure students are aware whether or not certain acts may be classed as plagiarism. It is especially important that international students are provided detailed training as educational and academic expectations may vary across the world.

How can I defend these serious allegations?

The university should explain why they believe you have committed plagiarism and also provide evidence to support their case.

It is important to carefully review the allegations made, evidence disclosed and also the university’s internal rules and regulations before responding. If you have been provided an opportunity to discuss or respond to the allegations in writing, these responses may be relied on by the university in the future. It is therefore essential to ensure your response is clear and evidenced.

How we can help

Our higher education plagiarism lawyers can:

  • Help you understand the complex procedures and regulations relating to plagiarism
  • Carefully review the evidence sent by the university (e.g. Turnitin report)
  • Determine whether an offence of plagiarism has been committed
  • Consider and obtain supportive evidence
  • Help prepare a statement responding to the plagiarism allegations
  • Draft a robust appeal to support your case

Our dedicated and experienced university plagiarism solicitors are here to defend you against any serious and unfounded allegations made against you.

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