PLAGIARISM: Make sure you understand the Policy; And ask for help when you need it

Published On June 27, 2011 | By ED | News

By now you should have seen the email from Professor Jennie Shaw and Professor Victor Minichiello (Pro Vice Chancellor and Deans of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and The Professions respectively) relating to issues around ‘Ghostwriting’ and the implications it has for students under the Plagiarism Policy.

So now’s a good time to head on over to the Policy (click here) and make sure you’re aware of what it means and the implications it has to your studies.

And our advice? Well, if the thought pops into your head call us asap – there’s plenty of support available and we’ll go out of our way to help. You can email us via studentsupport@une.edu.au, call us on 02 6773 4430 or contact us via Twitter or Facebook. We’ve adopted the following quote from Thomas Edison (which pretty much sums up what we can do for you): “”When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t”.

Here’s the email just in case you haven’t seen it:

Dear Students

Ghostwriting occurs where a person writes material for someone else and the other person takes credit for it. If a UNE student submits work written by someone else without properly referencing it then this will be a contravention of UNE’s policy on plagiarism.  Submitting work written by a ghostwriter is a serious form of plagiarism and will not be tolerated at UNE. Ghostwriting is a problem facing all Australian universities.

For example, The Australian newspaper published an article on ghostwriting earlier this year.  A link to the article may be accessed by clicking here:  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/essay-mills-undermine-purpose-of-studying/story-e6frgcjx-1225994498732.

UNE is taking ghostwriting very seriously and paying particular attention to this issue.   UNE has become aware of certain instances of ghostwriting involving UNE students and has taken the appropriate action against the relevant students under UNE’s plagiarism policies and procedures.

UNE is also aware of a former UNE student who has been touting for work as a ghostwriter among UNE students in Armidale.  This person is being investigated by UNE’s Legal Office and UNE is reviewing work submitted by certain students who have apparently utilised this person’s services.

The purpose of this communication is to remind UNE students that ghostwriting is a form of serious plagiarism.  Students should not become involved in it and if they do then they may be found guilty of academic misconduct.  This could damage their academic record at UNE and possibly have severe repercussions for their later job prospects and career.

A link to UNE’s student policies including those on plagiarism can be accessed by clicking here: http://www.une.edu.au/policies/student.php If you have any questions, then please contact the Student Centre on (02) 6773 4444 or by clicking on this link: http://www.une.edu.au/studentcentre

Professor Jennie Shaw, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean, Faculty of Arts  and Sciences

Professor Victor Minichiello, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Faculty of The Professions

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One Response to PLAGIARISM: Make sure you understand the Policy; And ask for help when you need it

  1. Joann says:

    It’s a real worry that the email also had said Professor’s scanned signatures attached… where’s the security, privacy? What percentage of student’s email accounts are unsecure? I’m just gobsmacked.

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