What is plagiarism? How do I make sure to avoid it? What does academic integrity mean? What are the consequences of plagiarism at the University of Luxembourg?

This handout for students is intended to help you understand, be aware of, and avoid plagiarism in your written work(s) submitted for assessment at the University of Luxembourg.

You should use this guide when preparing for, and writing, your assignments, at any point during your studies.

The University expects you to know and observe the rules and values regarding academic integrity, as set out in point 15 of the Charte des usagers, annexed to the Study regulations.

The standards of academic integrity to which the University of Luxembourg subscribes include the assumption that the author of an academic work owns the original ideas and arguments exposed in that work. This assumption of intellectual ownership extends to the text – the words, phrases and text structure – through which the ideas and arguments were expressed. It implies that wherever a text or something expressed in it has informed or is used by another author, this author must acknowledge it. An author that fails to do so is guilty of plagiarism: of stealing the ideas, arguments or text owned by another.

This aspect of academic integrity also applies to the academic work you submit for assessment in your study programme. Such work must be your original work. And you are expected to appraise and engage with the works of others as far as pertinent to your subject of inquiry, and to properly acknowledge these works where they have informed your own writing. No matter whether you write an undergraduate essay or prepare a master thesis, it is your responsibility to adhere to the ethical standards of honesty and integrity in your work, and to avoid plagiarism.

In this guide you will find useful information on the topics listed below:

  • Understanding plagiarism: What is plagiarism?
  • Raising awareness about plagiarism: Frequently asked questions.
  • Consequences of committing plagiarism at the University of Luxembourg.
  • Avoiding plagiarism: Some recommendations.

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