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University plagiarism "a growing problem" - Office of the Independent Adjudicator
The number of students complaining of being accused of plagiarism has more than doubled in the last four years, and by one-fifth in the past year alone, to 1,605 cases seen by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.
Normally, students make official complaints about the marking of their assignments and the grades they've been awarded, but accusations of plagiarism are on the rise, due, in part, to the fact that students are very often unsure about the kind of help they can get with their assignments.
Universities, they say, don't make the rules clear enough from the outset.
Because it’s so easy to find source material on the internet - from individual facts to entire essays - it's no wonder that students can so easily accidentally overstep the mark when it comes to research and quotations.
Add to this the fact that it's a simple matter to cut and paste a student’s assignment into one of the many plagiarism checker programs available on the market today.
This way, it’s possible to detect whether the student’s been doing some copying and pasting of their own.
So it’s no surprise that so much direct copying has been detected in the past four years.
Independent Adjudicator Rob Behrens warned in his annual report that the growing problem of plagiarism "continues to be a challenge to the integrity of university education".
Ambiguities, he states should be removed not only in order for students to be able to understand rules regarding plagiarism, but also for universities to protect their reputations.
Officials are predicting complaints to remain on the rise from the start of the next academic year when tuition fees are set to increase, and students expect proportionately more from their degree courses.
Apprenticeships, on the other hand, tend to minimise plagiarism of any kind, purely because of the practical aspect to the training involved.
It’s true that classroom work and assignments are part of any apprenticeship, but the best proof of the effectiveness of this kind of training, in addition to any qualifications earned, is an ex-apprentice’s outstanding performance starting on the very first day of their new job.