Plagiarism is the "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing' "and publication" of another author s "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's own original work. 'PIagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic ethics. It is subject to sanctions like penalties, suspension, and even expulsion. Recently, cases of 'extreme plagiarism' have been identified in academia. Plagiarism is not in itself a crime, but can constitute copyright infringement. (Wikipedia)
Fatima Mata National College (Autonomous) is affiliated to The Kerala University and all rules pertaining to the University with regarding to plagiarism is followed by this college. The college has an internal monitoring system with regard to degree and post graduate project dissertations. The Head and staff members of each department go through the students' work before submission itself. The Phd thesis from the research departments are submitted to the university. The University of Kerala has a foolproof system with regard to plagiarism.
The Policy of the University of Kerala
The University of Kerala declares through this policy statement that academic dishonesty of any manner is unacceptable and that the University would continuously strive to create and maintain awareness about it and any such unfair practice detected would be subjected to serious consequences. Towards this, the University of Kerala shall.
- Provide a framework for the, development of a research culture making it unacceptable to use content (textual or other forms) not owned by the author, without citing sources / with or without paraphrasing or adoption;
- Promote research activities, in such a way as to improve the quality of work and sustainability, without plagiarism .
- Contribute towards preventing unfair practice or collecting primary data without actually carrying out surveys / experiments;
- Prevent any form or dishonest, misleading, fraudulent, inauthentic and inappropriate academic reporting; and
- Develop an academic ethos that generates original thinking and promotes innovation, free of any academic dishonesty.
The following guidelines are framed for implementing the Anti-Plagiarism policy of the University which shall be made applicable to the dissertations/theses submitted to the University for Award of MPhil/PhD degree respectively.
- The University of Kerala shall not tolerate plagiarism in any manner and for this purpose; accepted limit shall be zero percent.
- The project/research supervisor and HoD shall be responsible for creating awareness among the candidates falling under the purview or these policy guidelines on the consequences of plagiarism in the research reports submitted to the University.
- Every University Department/ Approved Research centre shall arrange the conduct of awareness lectures on the consequences of plagiarism in the research reports submitted to the University at least once in a year and maintain attendance register of participants in the Department.
- The Dept. doctoral Committees shall be responsible for scrutiny of plagiarism in the dissertations/theses submitted to the University for Award of MPhil/PhD degree respectively
- The students/researchers shall have to produce evidence of verification of "overlap with other sources" using UGC recommended URKUND software
- The overlap with other sources shall not exceed 10 per cent in the report, submitted for evaluation exclusive of references.
- Overlap of less than 10 per cent does not make the research report 'plagiarism free' and as such the research supervisor and DOC shall have to ensure in each case through scrutiny that the Anti-Plagiarism policy of the University to maintain the accepted limit of zero per cent is upheld.
- The Chairperson on behalf of DDC shall furnish a certificate in the report, after through scrutiny, to the effect that the Anti-Plagiarism policy of the University to maintain the accepted limit of zero percent upheld.
- In respect of Research reports written in non-English Text, wherein URKUND software may not be employed for evaluation of overlaps, manual evaluation shall have to be relied on and approximate quantification shall have to be attempted by the research supervisor and DOC concerned.
- Plagiarism if any, brought to the notice of the University by the examiner(s) / genuine source(s) before or after the award of Degree, shall be investigated in detail through al committee consisting of the respective dean of the Faculty; Head of the Dept/Chairperson of the BoS; and two external-experts at the level of professors from outside the University, nominated by the Vice-Chancellor. Of the two external experts at least one shall be from outside the State.
- The committee shall provide reasonable opportunities to the respective student/researcher and guide to be heard in person and shall seek their written statements be are arriving at conclusions.
- The committee shall make specific recommendation on the issues of plagiarism referred to them by the University for Investigation.
- ln case of negligible level of plagiarism as recommended by the committee referred to clause 10 above, the candidate shall have to remit a fee as decided by the Syndicate from time to time and shall be directed to resubmit the dissertation/report, with appropriate modifications.
- ln case of significant level of plagiarism, as recommended by the committee referred to clause 10 above, the matter shall be brought to the notice of the appropriate body for a decision inclusive of the withdrawal of degree/ diploma, if already awarded, in accordance with the provisions contained in the Acts and Statutes of the University of Kerala.