This question is similar to asking how much I steal would constitute theft! Strictly speaking, even lifting a sentence from another source without acknowledgement constitutes plagiarism. Sometimes students think that there is no plagiarism if their work includes only a small portion of plagiarized passages but a substantial part of their own work. This is wrong. Even a small portion of plagiarized passages is sufficient to taint the whole piece of work. In one case it was found that 20% of a student's assignment was plagiarized. She provided her own analysis and at the end of the paper, she gave a conclusion that was her own work. This is a clear case of plagiarism. In July 2002, the Vice-Chancellor of a leading University in Australia resigned because it was revealed that he lifted several passages from other academics without acknowledgement in his book. The extent of plagiarism is only relevant in determining the form and level of sanction.
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Walker was reported as saying - via her lawyers - that there was no plagiarism. A few months after the initial publicity, Walker was reported as having "told the university she had commissioned an assistant to prepare the reports and failed to check that the sources had been adequately footnoted" (Alexander 2007d). This is an example of explaining away alleged competitive plagiarism - copying from a peer - by blaming an assistant, with institutionalised plagiarism implicitly seen as acceptable. Walker also attributed textual similarities to clerical errors and computer glitches (Guilliatt 2008: 27).
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Plagiarism is a serious offence in the academic world. This University takes plagiarism seriously. Academically, it is almost certain that the plagiarized work will receive a fail grade (and most likely a zero mark). There may also be disciplinary action against the student who commits the offence of plagiarism. A warning letter will be issued in case of minor plagiarism. In the more serious cases, the students concerned will be referred to the Vice-Chancellor for referral to the University Disciplinary Committee for disciplinary action. The Disciplinary Committee, which comprises 3 members from the Senate and 2 student members, will investigate the complaint and may impose a wide range of penalties once a student is found guilty of a disciplinary offence. These penalties include a published reprimand, suspension of study for a period of time, and even expulsion from the University. Some students who are found guilty of plagiarism are suspended from their studies. If you are expelled, you will probably never be able to re-enroll in this or indeed any university. Disciplinary action may be taken even after graduation, particularly in the case of research students who commit plagiarism in their thesis or dissertation. If a student lends his work to another student for copying, both students will be punished.
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