Dealing with plagiarism at the Department of Computer and Information Science

Plagiarism is the copying or paraphrasing of other people’s work or ideas without full acknowledgement. Rules of good scientific practice generally require that all sources and references have to be indicated by quotes. Intentional plagiarism may incur severe penalties, including failure of your degree.

In the Department of Computer and Information Science, plagiarism is always regarded as cheating and it will always have consequences. All term papers and final theses have to be submitted electronically so that they can be checked for plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious violation of section 8 (7) of the examination regulations for the Master's Programme Computer and Information Science.

Each case of plagiarism will be discussed by the Examination Board (StPA), which will decide on further sanctions. If a student is convicted of plagiarism, he or she will receive a written warning and get the chance to explain and comment upon his or her work. They will also have the opportunity to retake the course.

Term papers or theses proven to include plagiarised passages shall be marked "fail" (5.0). A candidate who has violated the examination regulations can be excluded from continuing the examination by the relevant examiner or supervisor. In this case the examination shall be deemed failed. For repeated or otherwise serious cases of fraud or plagiarism, the Examination Board may decide to deny the candidate permission to re-sit the examination, resulting in a complete loss of the right to take the examination.

Signing and handing in the Declaration of independent work is regarded as an official component of the process of submitting any piece of written work compiled in the Department of Computer and Information Science.

Please also have a look at the university’s "Guidelines for the prevention of plagiarism" which can be found on our Links and downloads page.

Relevant information is also provided by the university's Central Examination Office.