Plagarism

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.

Natasha’s Story – Student Voice

The Student Voice Committee allows groups of students to work towards positive changes while representing the entire student body. Being involved in this program was an exciting way for me to begin my year and has presented me with a variety of learning experiences. The Student Voice selection process enables applicants to gain confidence whilst completing an interview. My participation has benefited my group work and public speaking. I now have the chance to gather feedback from other students and bring forth their opinions to the Student Voice Committee. As a member, I also had the opportunity to become a junior school captain. After putting the speech writing skills I learned in the committee to the test, I was fortunate enough to be elected. I’m proud to be a leader of the junior school and especially pleased to be gaining valuable life skills. Being a leader has made my time at Gleneagles challenging, interesting and rewarding.

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