University of Malta

Plagiarism Detection
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The University of Malta is committed to ensuring that awards made to students are based on work that they have done themselves. Therefore, it takes cases of plagiarism, collusion and other acts of academic fraud and dishonesty very seriously, and a disciplinary procedure is in place whereby such acts are punishable by reduction or cancellation of marks and may lead to expulsion from the University or the revocation of a degree already awarded.

The University is also committed to ensuring that students are given the opportunity to learn how to avoid accidental plagiarism, although ultimately the student is responsible for his or her actions.

Whenever a student submits work for assessment (whether or not that work counts towards an award), the student is submitting it in his or her own name. The University assumes that the work submitted is the student's own work, except where it is acknowledged through the proper use of quotation, citation, and reference.

(Source: University of Malta Plagiarism & Collusion Guidelines for Students, Academics & Faculties, Institutes & Centres, 2010 p.1)

The University of Malta is committed to the use of electronic text-matching software - Turnitin - as one aspect of a broader strategy to deter and detect plagiarism. Turnitin is used by many universities around the world.

How does Turnitin work?

  • The tutor sets up Turnitin Assignment activities in the relevant UM VLE areas.
  • The students submit their work (assignment, FYP, long essay, dissertation, etc.) in the Turnitin Assignment activities. Students are allowed to submit a draft version of their work before submitting the final version for assessment purposes.
  • Turnitin compares the students' work against electronic sources including the Internet, books, journals and other students' work.
  • Turnitin generates an originality report indicating which parts of the students' work is unoriginal, together with a list of sources.
  • The tutor analyses the originality report carefully as part of the decision-making process to determine if students' work may have been plagiarised.
Turnitin itself makes no decisions as to whether or not the work has been plagiarised; it simply highlights sections of text that have been found in other sources in an originality report. Turnitin is not accessible to students unless the tutor creates the Turnitin Assignment activities in the UM VLE.

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Last Updated: 4 May 2020

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