Plagiarism and Academic Offences


What is ‘Plagiarism’?

Plagiarism refers to using and presenting another person’s ideas / words without properly referencing the source to indicate where the information is originally from. This applies to both quotations and paraphrasing (putting the ideas / information of others in your own words). Did you know that plagiarism could also include using work from an assignment submitted previously and working with another student when the work is meant to be individual?

If you include in your work any material which is not your own original work or ideas, you must clearly cite the source of such material in the manner required by your department. There are many different systems of citation, so check which one you are supposed to use and make sure that you understand it.

The University Regulations concerning plagiarism and other academic offences, including cheating in exams, are detailed here

If the University finds that you have committed an academic offence, the penalties range from failing the assignment and needing to repeat it, to being dismissed from the course – and in extreme cases, losing any academic credit gained during your studies at Greenwich.

There can be innocent reasons why your work may appear similar to someone else’s. TurnItIn isn’t conclusive proof, but it will be enough for the University to call you in for an interview, so that they can decide if you’ve copied others’ work or not.

Get Support

If you’re finding the course difficult, or personal problems have left you too little time to do your work, do yourself a favour and contact your personal tutor or go to http://www.gre.ac.uk/academicskills. The University has a range of options to help you to manage your studies - you’re paying them tuition fees, so ask for support when you need it! And why not find out about Study Skills workshops on the University Portal? You can get support to help you write better-quality essays that showcase your ability and maximise your chances of passing first time. Email: study-skills@gre.ac.uk

Late Submissions & Extenuation

If you’re struggling to complete work on time due to personal reasons or illness,

  • You can submit assignments up to 10 working days late (although your work will normally be capped to a bare pass mark (40% for undergraduate students), or
  • If you have ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ and have made a successful application for extenuation, you may either be able to submit late without a penalty, or have a later opportunity for assessment without penalty.

Check https://docs.gre.ac.uk/rep/sas/extenuating-circumstances-policy-and-procedure ,  speak to your Personal Tutor or speak to a Students’ Union Adviser.