Also, it is prohibited to use sentences and passages from slides directly in assignments – citations must be used here too. You must specify if you are rewriting or paraphrasing and you must always refer to the source from which you have taken the idea or point. In an examination, you must demonstrate your own abilities. Therefore, collaborating on individual home assignments is also cheating.
Some plagiarism cases arise because of sloppiness with quotation marks and source references. This demonstrates a poor level of professionalism in relation to the academic work, and it is not fair to those whose work you are thus appropriating as your own. Although you may be very stressed prior to submitting assignments, it is important to keep in mind that the goal is to learn something, including good writing and academic practice – not to submit the assignment at any cost. Otherwise, the price can be very high.
That is because plagiarism has consequences: the sanctions range from a warning and expulsion from the exams, to permanent expulsion from the university. The educational institutions in Denmark have introduced systematic plagiarism control. We must be able to guarantee that students write their assignments themselves and that their diplomas reflect real qualifications.
I am convinced that most cases could be avoided if everyone were aware of the rules. I would therefore encourage you to discuss the principles for academic writing with fellow students, lecturers and supervisors.
Hanne Leth Andersen