Thématique: Plagiarism
The University’s rules on plagiarism
The art of not being ignorant of the law
  • Get to know the University of Geneva’s rules on plagiarism
Which of the following are acts of plagiarism? (Select all that apply.)
Fred uses in his own paper the introduction that Jules had written for another report.
Fred illustrates the cover page of his paper with an image he found on the Internet and he does not indicate the source.
Fred copies a definition he found on Wikipedia and indicates the source.
Fred changes a few words of a sentence he found in a book and then inserts it into his paper.
If a UNIGE student is found guilty of plagiarism, what sanctions might he or she face? (Select all that apply.)
A grade of zero for the work in question.
Cancellation of his or her entire exam period.
Loss of borrowing rights in the library.
Expulsion from the University.
Who decides which sanction should be applied in a case of plagiarism? (Select only one.)
The professor who teaches the course involved.
The disciplinary committee of the School or Faculty.
The Dean of the School or Faculty.
The plagiarism detection software automatically suggests a sanction.
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What Fred goes through in the video is a real nightmare, but contrary to what you might think, the situation isn’t all that far-fetched. As a student, you should know the rules that govern your academic work.

At the University of Geneva, students are subject to the Directive on Student Plagiarism. These are its key elements:

Plagiarism is defined as inserting in one’s academic work formulations, phrases, passages, images or whole chapters, as well as ideas or analyses, taken from the work of others and presenting them as one's own. Plagiarism is committed either by actively appropriating the words or ideas of others or by failing to reference them and their sources correctly”.

Master’s and bachelor’s theses and other research work will […] be checked in all cases of suspected plagiarism and also by random sampling”.

You should be aware that the University is taking more and more measures to assist teachers in detecting plagiarism. A module of the plagiarism detection software used by UNIGE, Compilatio, was incorporated into Moodle and Chamilo in 2016 to allow instructors to immediately analyze texts submitted by their students on those two platforms.

Refer to the Directive as often as you need to. Ignorance of it is no excuse!