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A serious offence
Causes of plagiarism
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Correct referencing
Avoid plagiarism
Consequences of plagiarism
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What causes plagiarism?
  • Lack of knowledge and inexperience: many students have not been told about plagiarism at school and do not know how to avoid it.
  • Lack of understanding of academic integrity which is one of our most important values.
  • Lack of time and procrastination leads to sloppy work and illegal shortcuts.
  • Many students have difficulty with citing/referencing.
  • Poor language skills.
  • In a minority of cases plagiarism is the result of cheating: when a student knows what plagiarism is, knows what his/her responsibility is and willfully passes the work of another off as his/her own.
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