Introduction | Plagiarism
Plagiarism is a serious offence and learners are responsible for being aware of it. Plagiarism is theft and a form of dishonesty that occurs when a learner passes off someone else’s work as their own. This can range from failing to cite an author for ideas incorporated into a learner’s completed assessment to cutting and pasting paragraphs from different websites or other people to handing in a completed assessment downloaded from the internet or another person as their own work. Plagiarism in most instances is easy to identify and expose. One of the sources that make plagiarism easy and tempting to some learners, the internet, makes its detection easy. Most Centre Staff can locate the source of suspected plagiarism within a few minutes of searching the internet. In this context, plagiarism is as much stupidity as it is dishonesty however this is not a legal defence if prosecuted. Learners undertaking learning programmes, where a award or qualification requires the learner to produce their own written work will undertake a learner induction highlighting this subject. Such courses include the Award in Education & Training and Vocational Assessor Awards etc.
Any Centre Staff who believe plagiarism has taken place are required to put the learner through the Learner Disciplinary Procedure.
The consequences of plagiarism
1) Plagiarism is an offence. All Centre Staff are expected to report all instances of plagiarism to the Centre’s Quality Assurance Co-ordinator or Head of Centre, who initiates an investigation. Learners accused of plagiarism will have to go through the internal disciplinary procedure.
2) All parties to plagiarism are considered equally guilty. If you share your assessments with another learner and he /she plagiarises it, you are considered as guilty as the one who has plagiarised your work, since you enabled the plagiarism to take place. Under no circumstances should a learner make his/ her assessment available to another learner unless explicit permission for this to happen has been given by the Centre.
What learners should do
- All learners should familiarise themselves with this policy and be aware of the consequences of plagiarism. This is available to learners on the Remote First Aid website www.remotefirstaid.co.uk
- Avoid plagiarism by correctly citing sources. Remote First Aid require learners to follow the HARVARD referencing system (author-date). Copying someone’s work is an extreme and straightforward act of plagiarism. More commonly, however, learners plagiarise without realising they are doing so. This generally happens when a learner fails to acknowledge the source of an idea or phrasing.
Dated December 2018
This document is reviewed periodically and at least annually to ensure compliance with the following prescribed criteria:
- Legislative requirements defined by law, where appropriate