Plagiarism is considered an extremely serious offence at colleges and universities. Plagiarism is an attempt by a student to pass someone else's work off as their own. Many universities are now using sophisticated software to check assessments for plagiarism. The most commonly used software is TurnItIn. This software matches anything in the assessment to the World Wide Web and other assignments saved on the database.
If a student is accused of plagiarism the consequences, if found guilty, can be serious. The penalties at most universities and colleges range from a warning to exclusion from the course.
Overturning Plagiarism Allegations
Plagiarism can occur inadvertently, through failing to reference properly, or intentionally. We have acted for a large number of students in academic misconduct panel hearings, defending the student's position rigorously but fairly. Due to our specialised knowledge in the field, and the wide experience we have had in representing students, we have achieved success in overturning plagiarism allegations, or indeed, reduced the sanction to enable the student to continue with their course.
Access to specialist barristers
With our access to specialist barristers and our own in house advocates who are able to represent you at hearings alongside submissions prepared by our team of experts, you stand the best possible chance of defending an allegation of plagiarism.
If you are in a regulated profession such as Law, Medicine, Social Work, Dentistry or Nursing, the consequences of being found guilty of plagiarism can extend to your professional registration. If your professional body decides to, it can ask you to appear before a panel to explain why you should be registered.
It is, therefore, very important to ensure that you challenge any allegation of plagiarism with the best possible defence.
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