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11. Academic conduct in assessment

Plagiarism and other forms of dishonest practice are unacceptable and will be investigated and treated in accordance with University of Otago Dishonest Practice Guidelines [1] and plagiarism policy [2]. In particular, the Academic Grievance Procedure For Students section 3.1.5 requires that, ‘A clear statement on the nature and unacceptability of academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism and fabrication or falsification of data will be provided to the students by the course co-ordinator or the department.’

It is incumbent on module convenors and Medical Education Groups to ensure that students are aware of the issues and penalties relating to academic misconduct. Plagiarism is recognised as the most common problem but collusion, fabrication, cheating and personation are all included within the definition of academic dishonesty.

A useful chart to establish the intent and extent of plagiarism has been widely circulated to staff and students. This may be used in conjunction with the University of Otago Dishonest Practice Guidelines. In University of Otago terminology the lower left of the chart refers to Level 1 transgressions and the upper right to Level 2.

[1] http://www.otago.ac.nz/administration/policies/otago003145.html

[2] http://www.otago.ac.nz/study/plagiarism/index.html

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