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Consequences of plagiarism

Any student who has committed plagiarism may be subject to one or more of the following consequences:

Educative measures – A course teacher may require a student to rewrite and resubmit a piece of work, may issue an oral or written warning, may advise a student to seek additional guidance on proper academic practice of writing, citation and referencing, etc.

Academic consequences – Where plagiarism is identified, a student’s work will be assessed on the basis of its academic merit and the prescribed assessment criteria, and sometimes this will lead to a fail grade for that particular piece of work.

Disciplinary action – There may also be disciplinary action, such as a reprimand, fine, withdrawal, suspension, and even expulsion from the University. Disciplinary action may be taken even after graduation and may lead to the deprivation of an academic qualification already awarded.

Find out more about the University’s disciplinary procedures