Plagiarism and Academic Offences


What is ‘Plagiarism’?

Plagiarism refers to using and presenting another person’s ideas or words without properly referencing the source to indicate where the information is originally from. Plagiarism 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?

Did you know using essaybot software is an academic offence?

Did you know that plagiarism could also include working with another student when the work is meant to be individual?

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

What can you do to prevent plagiarism?

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

What could happen?

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. The University Regulations concerning plagiarism and other academic offences, including cheating in exams, are detailed here: Assessment Misconduct Procedure (Taught Awards) | Documents 

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, contact you Course Tutors or Personal Tutor for guidance. You can also get practical support from the University’s Academic Study Skills Team: Academic skills | University of Greenwich.

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.