ITT Plagiarism Statement
The Institute of Technology Tralee Anti‐Plagiarism Policy and Procedure document approved by ITT, Academic Council 13th June, 2017, states that "The Institute of Technology, Tralee is committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity. Plagiarism undermines academic integrity and conflicts with the academic culture of the Institute. It also gives those who engage in plagiarism an unfair advantage over their colleagues. The Institute is committed to using transparent and fair processes to deal with allegations of plagiarism misconduct when they arise. It is the responsibility of all students to inform themselves fully on how to avoid plagiarism and to ensure the integrity of their work."
Definition of Plagiarism
As outlined in the Institute of Technology Tralee Anti‐Plagiarism Policy and Procedure document revised and approved by ITT, Academic Council 15th May 2017,
"Plagiarism, as that term is understood and applied by the Institute, is the presentation of the work of another (or of others) as one’s own work, without acknowledgement, in order to gain academic credit. Plagiarism also includes the recycled presentation of one’s own work previously submitted for academic credit and/or award. It applies to text, graphics, tables, formulae, code or any representation of ideas in print, electronic or any other media. Plagiarism can of course result from a deliberate decision to cheat, but it can also occur through carelessness, without any fraudulent intent. It is crucially important for students to familiarise themselves with correct referencing practices and the nature and boundaries of plagiarism. “I did not intend to plagiarise” is not an acceptable excuse. Plagiarism is regarded as a disciplinary matter."
A more detailed explanation of the The Institute's Anti‐Plagiarism Policy and Procedures and what constitutes plagiarism can be found in sections A5.2. and A5.25a of the Institute of Technology Tralee Quality Assurance Procedures. See below for links to these sections of the Institute's Quality Assurance Procedures.
In order to avoid committing plagiarism it is necessary to learn how to use citations and reference correctly at all times. This is covered in detail elsewhere in this online guide and a good place to start is with the Institute's brief guide to citations and referencing.
Institute of Technology Tralee, Student Handbook 2020: Student Rights & Responsibilities. Section 2.1 | Academic Integrity
All students are expected to approach their academic work with honesty and integrity. Students must comply with their academic programme requirements including satisfactory attendance, participation and they must undertake their academic work, study and research responsibly in a manner that is expected of a student in higher education.
2.1.5 | Dealing with Academic Dishonesty or other academic offense(s) or misconduct
All suspected cases of plagiarism will be dealt with through the Institute’s Anti-Plagiarism Policy and Procedures.
EARC will investigate documented instances of alleged plagiarism, fabrication, collusion and other breaches of academic integrity notified to the Office of the Vice President Academic Affairs and Registrar. After a full investigation by the EARC, the student may be disqualified, expelled or other sanction imposed as deemed appropriate by the Committee.
Until the allegation of academic misconduct (plagiarism, fabrication, collusion or other breaches of academic integrity) against the student/graduate has been proven, all parties associated with the issue and subsequent investigation are required to observe confidentiality. A breach of confidentiality in relation to these matters will be regarded as a serious matter.
Excerpts taken from the Institute of Technology, Tralee, Student Handbook 2020: Student Rights & Responsibilities.