Plagiarism is the illegal and/or unethical copying of material without acknowledgment
of its source. Plagiarism is not tolerated, and will be penalised. Therefore, it is
very important that students understand the differences between plagiarism and
acceptable use and interpretation of someone else’s work.
It is acceptable to use information from another source as a minor part of your own
work, if the original source is properly referenced (i.e. It is made clear where that
information came from). It is not acceptable to present work which is substantially
little more than an identical copy of information (words or graphics) from another
source without acknowledging the source or in such a way that the reader (or tutor)
could believe it is your original work. If you are not sure on how to reference
material please refer to our Academic Writing course.
You risk a period of suspension, a monetary fine, or even expulsion from a course if
found guilty of plagiarism. You will also be fully liable for any legal action taken by the
owner of material which you plagiarise. The academy accepts no legal liability for the
actions of its students during or after studies.
ADL and IARC Plagiarism Policy
As an accredited member of IARC (International Accreditation and Recognition Council)
ADL subscribes to IARCs plagiarism policy as follows:
If you copy part of a sentence or quantities of sentences, word for word from the internet,
a book, magazine, course notes or anywhere else this is considered to be plagiarism.
Plagiarism is considered by most credible academics around the world to be unacceptable;
and for this reason ADL cannot issue a formal pass and qualification to anyone who practices
plagiarism. Incidents of plagiarism have damaged the reputations of some colleges and
universities. ADL has established a very good academic reputation in part because of the
fact that we do not tolerate plagiarism.
Bearing this in mind; it is in the interest of our graduates that we take a firm stand against
plagiarism. The value of the studies you pursue, and the qualification you and other students
attain, is dependant upon an anti plagiarism policy.
Plagiarism is easily detected by tutors marking papers, through the use of web searches;
changes in writing style and tone and depth of technical content.
If plagiarism is detected in any work by a student, the incident will be noted on the student’s records.
They will be asked to rewrite and resubmit their work.
When deciding the final result for a course or module, we always take into account more than just
the performance in an exam. Any student found to have plagiarized will be closely monitored to
ensure compliance before being given a pass.
If a student continues to plagiarise after being warned, they are not going to learn as much as
they otherwise would from the course, and as a result it is inappropriate to give them a pass.
Why Plagiarism is such an issue
Some colleges may accept some degree of plagiarism; more so in some countries than others.
This may be due to a cultural attitude, or perhaps just an ignorance of the problem.
Copying work does not enhance learning in the same way as reinterpreting researched information
derived from a variety of different sources. It is important for a student to clearly understand the
difference between plagiarism and research.
Plagiarism is not accepted though in the most respected academic circles around the world.
If you practice plagiarism, you will potentially devalue your potential for career development in the future.
If you plagiarize work when you are a student; you will be developing a bad habit, that may be difficult
to break later in your career.
Plagiarism is illegal in some countries, and can attract heavy fines or legal action.