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Causes of plagiarism
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Why is plagiarism a serious offence?

Firstly, plagiarism is UNETHICAL

  • It is in conflict with our values of trust and academic integrity (respecting the work of others and expecting them to respect yours).

  • It is dishonest (a form of theft and cheating).

  • It shows disrespect for the rights of the original author, and for the knowledge community of which both the author and the plagiarist are members.

  • It may tarnish the University's reputation, and thereby diminish the value of its qualifications.

  • It casts suspicion on the honest work of other students (the lecturer does not necessarily know who copied from whom).

  • It wastes the valuable time of lecturers and other staff and consequently of other students.

Secondly, plagiarism is ILLEGAL

It may be regarded as a criminal offence in terms of the Copyright Act 98 of 1978. It is also regarded as misconduct in terms of the University's policy and regulations. If a student is found guilty of plagiarism

  • by a Disciplinary Committee of the University, he/she may be expelled from the University.
  • by a Court of Law, a fine or imprisonment may be imposed.
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