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!
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