Scientific Methods

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Today SEC accepted the following new rules concerning plagiarism:

Rule A.5.1.8
Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty is serious misconduct and will be dealt with in terms of the provisions of the University's Disciplinary rules for Students. Academic dishonesty is not limited to plagiarism, cheating, collusion or activities of that kind, but extends to all deceptions relating to academic work.

(Please note: Plagiarism is viewed as serious misconduct by the University. If a student is found guilty of plagiarizing he/she may be suspended from the University. Furthermore he/she may be charged with a criminal offence and/or a civil claim for damages may be brought against him/her)

Student disciplinary rules

New rule

"Plagiarism" means to steal, or to pass off as one's own, the formulation, idea or words of another (i.e. appropriating a formulation, idea or words derived from the intellectual work of another person by incorporating, without crediting such author and source, such formulation, idea or words into one's own work).

(Please note: Plagiarism includes but is not limited to:
  • The appropriation of formulations, ideas or words from the work of another person without acknowledging the author(s) and the source; and
  • The appropriation of work from someone else's assignment, thesis, test or research paper without acknowledging such other person and/or source.)

Dr Richard Knight
Co-ordinator: National Information Society Learnerships - Ecological Informatics
Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17
Bellville 7535
Phone 27 + 21 + 959 3940
Fax 27 + 21 + 959 1237


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