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What is Plagiarism?


Plagiarism is when you claim the work of others as your own. You could be claiming ideas, complete responses or complete assessment pieces. Plagiarism could include any or all of the following scenarios:

  • Handing in the completed assessment of another participant (past or present) as if it is your own assessment
  • Copying and pasting the answers of another participant (past or present) and claiming them as your own ideas
  • Paraphrasing or manipulating the complete assessment (or parts of the assessment) from another participant (past or present) and claiming them as your own ideas
  • Submitting documents that were created by others (participant or not) and claiming them as your own creations
  • Group work resulting in identical submissions from multiple participants

It is important that a participant in training you submit work that is your own. This means that answers to questions must be in your words and researched yourself. It means that if you choose to submit workplace documents, you do so while being transparent in the level of your involvement in the creation of the document (i.e. do not claim you created the policy if you didn’t).  While group work is a great way of ensuring you are supported through out your training, you must not allocate questions to different participants, rather you can discuss your responses and then each write your own, in your own words (no two assessments should be the same).

Here at Shoreline Learning and Development, we take plagiarism seriously because we take pride in the level of competence our participants graduate with. We truly stand by the level of achievement of each of our participants and so we take every measure to ensure our participants are knowledgeable to the level each qualification requires.

If you are found to be plagiarising the work of others, Shoreline Learning and Development will notify you (and any others appearing to be involved) in writing and allow you the opportunity to explain the situation via a formal written response. Each case is then addressed at the discretion of the team at Shoreline, though it should be known that disciplinary measures may take place when multiple offences have occurred.

The best way to avoid any suspicion of plagiarism is to be open and honest with your Trainer/Assessor and ask them if you are ever unsure.