Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is here defined as stealing another person’s work and passing it off as your own. This may include, but is not limited to, language, thoughts, ideas, expressions and images. Correctly crediting the original author or source of information can help avoid plagiarism.

How Ashbourne deals with plagiarism:

  1. Students who have been caught plagiarising their homework or coursework will be issued with a first warning. Students will be advised to consult this Plagiarism Policy and given the opportunity to rectify what they have done.
  2. If students continue to plagiarise despite a first warning they will face disciplinary action including suspension from the College.
  3. If students persist in plagiarism despite previous warnings and disciplinary action they will be asked to leave the College.

All students will be given sufficient time to demonstrate that the homework or coursework they produce is their own. Students whose homework or coursework is deemed to contain plagiarism will be given an official warning.

Students will be given the opportunity to redraft the work in their own words and/or images and to properly acknowledge and credit, through direct quotes or otherwise, the original authors and/or sources. The work may then be re-submitted.

Any homework or coursework produced entirely off the premises (e.g. art or computing) may be disallowed at the College’s discretion.

Disciplinary action
Any dispute concerning the validity of work in relation to plagiarism may be resolved in a disciplinary meeting between the student and a senior member of staff (normally the Principal or Director of Studies). The student may also invite another person to support them, for example a parent or guardian.

In the event that the dispute cannot be resolved and concerns plagiarism of exam-based coursework, the College may appoint an independent adjudicator (usually recommended by the appropriate exam board). Their decision shall be final and may also lead Ashbourne to ask the student to leave the College.

Authorised by The Principal
Date June 2018
Effective date of the policy June 2018
Circulation Teaching staff / all staff / parents / Students on request
Review date September 2019