Institutional Policy to check Plagiarism and Other Malpractices
- SMRK-BK-AK Mahila Mahavidyalaya strives to bring about all round development of the students believes in value embedded education. Therefore, this policy acts as a preventive measure hence cautions the stakeholders regarding institution’s outlook towards academic malpractices.
- Plagiarism is the act of taking another person’s writing, conversation, song, poetry or even idea and passing it off as one’s own. This includes information taken from web pages, books, articles, artworks or any other written or recorded medium. Forwarding music, drawings, paintings, sculptures or photographs that copy or rely closely on the work of other artists, without explicitly citing the original source, would also be regarded as plagiarism.
- If it is needed to paraphrase, summarize, copy words, phrases or sentences, figures or graphical presentation, maps, etc. from another person’s work, it is compulsory to indicate the source of the information within the writings using an internal citation. It is not enough to only list the source in a bibliography at the end of the research or review paper. Failing to properly quote, cite or acknowledge someone else’s words or ideas with an internal citation, it would be regarded plagiarism.
- It can be considered dishonesty therefore it is a serious offense. Plagiarism violates the expectations of trust and sincerity necessary for academic work in an ethical community. It also defies the important objectives of education that promotes investigation, contemplation and communication which lead to learning.
- Students sometimes indulge in plagiarism unknowingly. They may not know or understand the policy and practice of quotation, citation and referencing. Students should be made aware that duplicate submission is also a violation of academic integrity. Every assignment expects new inquiry to produce new learning.
- To avoid such cases of copying, replication and imitation the teachers of senior college need to educate their students about plagiarism and handle these cases with empathy and by applying corrective measures. The teacher can make the student to rewrite the paper, may lower the grade on the paper or may fail the student in the paper. Higher authorities of the college should be informed about cases of repeated plagiarism by students. The Principal may apply additional penalties.
- Teachers should be made aware of the policy and practice of internal citation to evade plagiarism.
(An ‘internal’ or ‘in-text citation’ refers to the practice of giving credit to an author, singer, or speaker by citing their words/ideas within the paper wherever they are quoted. This internal citation is then referenced at the end of the paper in Bibliography or Reference List in APA or MLA style or in the reference style suggested by the publisher)