Preventing Plagiarism

Each graduate program’s handbook should include a section that defines plagiarism, outlines its significance, and describes the possible consequences of plagiarizing. Every graduate program's educators should know that they are obliged to report cases of suspected plagiarism to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, as detailed above.

Programs should discuss plagiarism with graduate students at the beginning of their degree programs at UBC, and in supervisory committee meetings and courses.

Course instructors and graduate student supervisors must understand the importance of instructing students on the correct methods of citing or referring to the work of others in their particular field of study.

Additional Information

  • UBC Calendar: Academic Honesty and Standards
  • Official materials online at the office of the University Counsel including
  •                •   the “Statement of Case” form,
                   •   the “Statement of Response” form, and
                   •   a document specifying the “PACSD Rules”.
  • The Little Book of Plagiarism by Richard A. Posner, 2007, Pantheon Books (a division of Random House), New York.

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