Plagiarism means deliberately or accidentally using someone else’s work or ideas as if they were your own. Deliberately plagiarising work whilst you are at UCA can have very serious consequences, which is why it’s important to follow good academic practices and to reference your work properly.

At UCA, an act of plagiarism or other form of academic misconduct constitutes a breach of our Assessment Regulations, and as such will be treated very seriously. The University will take action against any student who contravenes the policy through negligence or by deliberate intent.

Students found to have breached the regulations by behaving dishonestly will be dealt with in accordance with UCA’s policy and procedures governing academic misconduct. The precise sanction to be imposed on the student will be determined by the Academic Misconduct Panel subject to the features of the individual case.



The most effective way to avoid an accusation of plagiarism is to reference correctly using the Harvard system, making sure to cite all of your sources and have a bibliography at the end of your work.

  • use quotation marks around the words and cite the source, or
  • paraphrase or summarize acceptably and cite the source.

Plagiarism can be intentional or unintentional so be careful to reference all your sources. You can use a Reference Management App to help you.

Referencing correctly is a skill which takes time to develop. If you need help or support with referencing and improving your academic skills, book an appointment with your Learning & Teaching Librarian by contacting the Gateway.

If you are worried about, or have received a letter regarding plagiarism in your work, please contact the Students’ Union as soon as possible. You can contact us via or you can contact our Advice and Representation Coordinator directly at


Last updated 22/05/18