This policy addresses the issue of copying / plagiarism.  Plagiarism is defined as “taking and using (another person’s ideas or writings or inventions) as one’s own.  Students may be deemed to have plagiarised if they take and use another student’s work (with or without their permission) or copy material from the Internet, books or other sources.

Students must ensure that all work submitted for assessment is genuinely their own.  Students may incorporate ideas and material derived from other sources, so long as the student has transformed it and used in a new context, and has appropriate acknowledgement and citation.

Copying or paraphrasing large sections of text, even with citation, may be judged as not the authentic work of the student.

A student found to have plagiarised or copied may be:

  • Required to resubmit the work
  • Required to complete a supplementary task
  • Given a reduced mark if only a part of the task is copied i.e. lose credit for the section copied
  • Given no credit for the work if the copying forms a substantial part of the task.

Students cannot assist others by permitting their work to be copied in part or full.  Copying is not an effective way to learn.  Assisting someone to copy is interfering with their learning and is preventing an accurate assessment of that student’s work.

There is also a fundamental issue of fairness – a student should not gain credit for work that is not their own.

If a student had a reasonable expectation that another student would copy part or all of their work and took no action to avoid this occurring they may be:

  • Required to resubmit the work
  • Required to complete a supplementary task
  • Given a reduced mark for their own work
  • Receive no credit for their work.

Plagiarism / copying will be dealt with as a serious issue requiring significant consequences.  In VCE a student who fails to prove that the work submitted is their own work will be given an N for the task and thus an N for the unit.

Hayden’s Story – Digital Media Centre/Multimedia

As a Year 11 student, I have studied Media since Year 9 and plan to continue in Year 12. I was part of a student team that produced ‘Bollywood Zombies,’ our major film production in 2010. I learned about the full process of creating a film, from pre-production to post-production. During the year, we produce short films for competitions such as the ACMI annual ‘Screen It!’ film contest. I have begun planning for my major short film project I will be entering in next year’s ACMI ‘VCE Season of Excellence Top Screen’ contest. I have used industry-standard equipment to produce high-quality photographs, films and podcasts – just like the professionals! I have a passion for the media industry and hope to get a career in film, television and/or radio.

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