Action Checklist for Schools

Plagiarism Working Group

Rec. No.



Schools need to ensure that messages to students about good academic practice are given in written materials, covered in induction and reinforced in teaching, with students being given examples to work through.


Schools should ensure that staff and students are aware of the central webpage available at


Schools should abide by the Code of Good Practice, which sets out what they need to do to ensure that students are fully and adequately briefed.


There is an official checklist of the materials schools should provide for students, but schools retain control over the content of these documents.


Schools should provide full coverage of issues of good academic conduct in degree programme handbooks and sample text is available (Word doc: 786KB), which schools are free to adapt.


Staff and students should be made aware of the new official Guidance on Collusion (Word doc: 775KB) and Proof-Reading.


DPDs are responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the Code of Good Practice are met. A Head of School can designate one DPD to take cross-school responsibility.


In early assessments staff need to take care to be clear about what is expected of students and what is acceptable and what is not. This is particularly relevant where there are elements of groupwork or where no proof reading is to be permitted.


New students will be required to sign a declaration after they have been fully briefed.


Each piece of work submitted should bear a declaration confirming that it is the student’s own work and that the work of others has been properly referenced. Sample text is provided.


Staff should be encouraged to design assessments so as to minimise the possibilities for plagiarism. QuiLT will provide support and training to support this.


Schools should encourage those responsible for dealing with assessment irregularities to attend the training offered by SDU on the Role of the Board of Examiners.


Schools need to take steps to move towards the routine use of Turnitin (plagiarism detection software) on relevant written work.


Schools may appoint Plagiarism Officers to handle all suspected assessment irregularities and take them through the process.


Schools should make staff responsible for dealing with assessment irregularities aware of the material available through the right-cite webpage on how to deal with suspected plagiarism where the source of the material cannot be identified: eg a purchased essay.


Schools should make relevant staff aware of the existence of the Frequently Asked Questions section on the right-cite webpage.


Schools should be aware of the support which the Writing Development Centre can offer to their students.


Schools should advise their students of the existence of an on-line plagiarism tutorial and consider whether to build it into their briefings on plagiarism.


Schools should note that the same principles apply to postgraduate research as to taught students.


It is recommended as good practice that some draft PhD chapters should be run through the Plagiarism software


As part of the implementation strategy, boards of studies should one year after launch of the new scheme to report to their FTLC on the action taken to implement the recommendations.


Internal Subject Review will in future review what schools have done to implement the recommendations of the Group and the Code of Good Practice.


AMR will include coverage of the implementation (2007/08) of the Code and the running of the new approach thereafter (from 2008/09)


Schools should note that questions about the briefing as to what constitutes good academic practice will be built into the Institutional Student Survey. The issue should also be discussed once a year at staff student committees.


The new approach is to be adopted for the 2008/09 academic year, but early partial adoption is encouraged. It is recognised that it may take longer to achieve the routine use of Turnitin.