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6. Quality work standards

6.3. Investigating and applying penalties on plagiarism

Policy ID 4.2

Trainers that suspect any trainee’s work is plagiarised in the context of formal assessment should deal directly with the issue. 

Cases will be investigated and penalties may range from deduction of marks to more serious actions from the Academy, depending on the seriousness of the occurrence. Even if plagiarism is inadvertent, it can result in a penalty. 

Individual trainers will investigate the plagiarism further and act as per the disciplinary procedures below:

Step 1 | When a case of plagiarism is detected by the Plagiarism plug-in, the trainer will inform via email and request to meet with the trainee to discuss the findings.

Step 2A | If from the discussion it turns out that the plagiarism was done intentionally, the trainee will be penalised within the marking process leading to a certificate not being awarded.

Step 2B | If it is clear that the plagiarism was minor and did not constitute intentional cheating, then guidance and support should be provided to address any underlying issues. This might include revision of appropriate referencing practice and the trainee is allowed to resubmit their work.

Step 3 | The trainer should document via email the plagiarism identified and the decision made during the discussion with the trainee.

Step 4 | At the end of the course, the trainer should inform the Manager responsible for the course and the Partner about the plagiarism findings.