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Plagiarism Policy

All students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of personal honesty and integrity in their work. Submissions to teachers must be original. Any violations of this policy will have serious consequences.

Any student who aids another student to commit an act of plagiarism as defined below shall also be regarded as having committed an act of plagiarism.


Plagiarism is defined as both the intentional and unintentional stealing and passing off of material as one’s own, when it actually comes from another source. This source may include ideas and words (written or oral), graphic, photographic or digital images, music, sound or musical notation, construction, design or realia, human movement, dramatic representation or presentation or any other piece of work expected to be original. This includes any electronic material that is copied and pasted as well as the retrieval of research papers or any other documentation from the Internet.


  • It is plagiarising when, for example, any of the following occur, even unintentionally:
  • Copying the work of another student (with or without their knowledge) and claiming ownership by submitting the work as original.
  • Producing assignments in conjunction with other people (e.g. another student or tutor, etc.) which are supposed to be the student’s own independent work.
  • Paraphrasing material from a source without proper acknowledgement, referencing or citation. This includes commentaries in study guides.
  • Using plots, characters, theories, opinions, concepts or designs from sources such as short stories, novels, television programmes, films, etc. and present them as original work without properly attributing them.
  • Handing in someone else’ work (parent, friend, tutor, etc.) and claiming ownership.
  • Piecing together different sections of the work of others into a new whole, i.e. ‘cutting and pasting’, especially from the Internet or CD-ROM encyclopaedias, etc.
  • Failing to indicate with quotation marks that another person’s exact written words or symbols have been copied, regardless of how few words or symbols were used.
  • Failing to name a person whose exact words are used in an oral report, or indicating by verbal inflection that someone else is being quoted.
  • Failing to provide a comprehensive bibliography for a project that requires research.
  • Buying or obtaining a paper from an Internet research service or ‘paper mill’ and handing it in as original work.


  • Class teacher identifies possible plagiarism in student’s assignment or assessment task. This could be done by the teacher by either actually reading through the task or applying a software package to any task that is submitted electronically.
  • Class teacher attempts to identify source of plagiarism.
  • Class teacher discusses possible plagiarism with student briefly. If not resolved, ie. Student denies plagiarism then proceeds to the next step of interview with Head of Department and class teacher.
  • Class teacher and Head of Department discuss possible plagiarism with student in an interview. Student advised of right to a formal review of the matter with parent present in supporting role. If the student admits plagiarism and declines a formal review and admits to plagiarism then proceed to consequences of plagiarism. If the student requests a formal review then the interview is not to continue and the Formal Review is implemented.


If a teacher reasonably believes, based upon significant evidence, that a student has been guilty of plagiarism or assisted another student to do so, then that student may be subject to any of the following penalties, depending upon the nature and extent of the plagiarism:

  • No marks at all given for the assignment
  • Verbal warning
  • Reduction of marks for the assignment
  • Insistence on the student re-doing the assignment (or a similar one), using original ideas or style
  • Written notification to parents/guardians, possibly with interview
  • Referral to appropriate Head of Department and/or the Dean of Studies. The Head of Department will meet with the Dean of Studies to discuss and determine the nature and extent of the plagiarism
  • Suspension of participation in designated school activities
  • Provide the Principal with a copy of the final report

The full list of procedures associated with the Plagiarism Policy are available to students in the Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 Assessment Handbooks, Senior Handbook, the Curriculum Section on the Trinity Website and from the Curriculum Office.