Plagiarism is unacceptable in SAFAA and is subject to strict punishment. Plagiarism means introducing someone’s work as your own. Plagiarism is
- Literally rewriting of some parts from one or more books, articles, works without referring to the original source.
- Too much dependence on one or limited number of sources, if they are not mentioned, even if the author’s words have undergone certain paraphrasing.
- Collusion with other students. It is necessary to differentiate between “cooperation” and “collusion” among students. Some tasks require group/team work and introduction of joint work. However, the final work is assessed based on the student’s work. Therefore, it is plagiarism to introduce the work of one student as a group work. SAFAA students are assessed based on the work they carry out. However, if the task requires a joint final work, both teachers and students should clarify the role of each student prior to the commencement of the work.
It is expected that students should submit their own works, and in case of using other sources, they should be guided by the SAFAA policy of making references.
Moreover, it is also unacceptable to introduce the same work to be assessed within the frames of different tasks or subjects. It is forbidden to present the work that has already been assessed and put credits to other institutions. This is a “double calculation”.
The student who plagiarizes is punished the following way:
- If a student plagiarizes without realising it, the submitted work cannot be assessed more than 6 points. In that case the student is warned. It is expected that the student should avoid such behaviour in further works.
- If a student plagiarises consciously, the work is not assessed and the student has to retake the course.
- In special cases when the level of plagiarism is assessed by specialists as unacceptable, the student is dismissed from SAFAA.
In the last two cases, relevant notes are made in the personal paper of the student and the notes are recorded in the documents issued by SAFAA, such as diploma supplement, grade certificate, to be submitted to other education institution or workplace.