Plagiarism Policy

The School of Sociology takes the issue of plagiarism and unacknowledged referencing very seriously. The University defines plagiarism as:

the inclusion of another person’s writings or ideas or works, in any formally presented work (including essays, theses, projects, laboratory reports, examinations, oral, poster or slide presentations) which form part of the assessment requirements for a module or programme of study, without due acknowledgement either wholly or in part of the original source of the material through appropriate citation. Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty, where ideas are presented falsely, either implicitly or explicitly, as being the original thought of the author’s. The presentation of work, which contains the ideas, or work of others without appropriate attribution and citation, (other than information that can be generally accepted to be common knowledge) is an act of plagiarism (Academic Secretariat, UCD Registry, Plagiarism Policy: Section 1).

N.B. Resubmitting one’s own work for another assignment ALSO constitutes plagiarism.

When submitting an assignment on Blackboard (SafeAssign), students agree that the work they have submitted is their own and that they have not plagiarized.

If students are found to have submitted work that is characterized by plagiarism or unacknowledged referencing, they will be given either an F or G Grade according to the UCD Module Grade Descriptors. The Grade Descriptors may be accessed here.

Such students will be required to meet their Module Coordinator and will be given a formal warning. This will also be recorded on their student record.

If a student is found to have plagiarized on a second occasion, the student will be required to meet the Deputy Registrar for Teaching and Learning and may be expelled from the university.

The University Policy on Plagiarism may be found here.