In order to ensure that students do not plagiarise, they are required to submit their assignments through Turnitin, an internet-based plagiarism prevention service found on ClickUP. Turnitin checks a student’s work and compares it with other articles and information found on the internet. It then produces a similarity percentage that reflects the exact words plagiarised and the sources they were taken from. The service can also pick up if someone changed the wording in an attempt to disguise the plagiarism. The percentage reflected determines whether or not a student can be charged with plagiarism. Each faculty has a percentage limit and if a student has passed that limit, their assignment will not be marked, or the student will face repercussions. Even if a student does not submit an assignment through Turitin themselves, faculties can run a document through Turnitin if they suspect plagiarism.
Anti-plagiarism at UP does not mean students are not allowed to use information from the internet and other sources, but rather it means that students must reference the information they use through the different referencing styles used by each faculty or the students must rephrase the information, integrating it with their own knowledge, and then reference the source in their bibliography. The Merensky II Library holds free anti-plagiarism workshops every semester, which students are welcome to attend. More information on plagiarism will be given by each faculty’s study guide and is also available on the UP website.
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