As a student at Bristol, you have joined an academic community where staff and students have a responsibility to act honestly and fairly in their approach to assessments. Understanding the principles of academic integrity will assist you in recognising and identifying plagiarism and help you to avoid it by carrying out your research and writing thoughtfully and responsibly.
Academic integrity includes the values of trust, respect, fairness and honesty in your work. Bristol prides itself on its academic scholarship and aims to develop a strong academic community throughout the whole of the student body. At Bristol we are looking for you to develop a number of key skills which include:
Plagiarism is the inclusion of any idea or any language from someone else without giving due credit by citing and referencing that source in your work. This applies if the source is print or electronic, published or unpublished, or the work of any other person. Examples of plagiarism include:
You should consult the relevant handbooks from your faculty/school and/or programme to ensure that you are working within the specific requirements of your subject. To avoid plagiarism you should:
Plagiarism is a serious academic offence. If plagiarism is suspected in your work, you will be asked to attend an interview with senior members of the school where you will be given the chance to discuss the issues. Any obviously plagiarised work is unacceptable and will be penalised according to University regulations.
The Students’ Union Just Ask team offers advice and guidance to students about plagiarism. For more information visit the Just Ask academic issues webpage.
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