All students share the responsibility for upholding the academic standards and reputation of the University. Academic honesty is a prerequisite condition in the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge. Academic dishonesty
is any misrepresentation with the intent to deceive or failure to acknowledge the source or falsification of information or inaccuracy of statements or cheating at examinations/tests or inappropriate use of resources. There are many forms of academic dishonesty and plagiarism is one of them. Plagiarism is generally defined
as ‘the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own’ (The New Oxford Dictionary of English).
The University takes a serious view of plagiarism. Any student found to have committed or aided and abetted the offence of plagiarism may be subject to disciplinary actions in accordance with the Section 3 (L) of Statute 06 (Discipline) of the National University of Singapore at:
In addition, the student may receive no mark/grade for the relevant academic assignment, project, or thesis; and he/she may fail or be denied a grade for the relevant subject or module. Students should adopt this rule:
“You have the obligation to make clear to the assessor which is your own work, and which is the work of others. Otherwise, your assessor is entitled to assume that everything being presented
for assessment is being presented as entirely your own work.”
This is a minimum standard. In addition, the following guidelines may be helpful:
When using the ideas, phrases, paragraphs and data of others in work presented for assessment, such materials should be appropriately credited and acknowledged, so that it is clear that the materials being presented is that of another person and not the candidate's own.
The amount of detail required when referencing and acknowledging a source will vary according to the
type of work and norms of the discipline.
While a particular style of citation is not prescribed, the citation should provide enough information for the reader to locate the source.
Research materials (including texts, graphics and data) obtained from the internet or other electronic resources should be treated in the same way as research materials obtained from traditional sources.
A student may not knowingly intend to plagiarise, but that should not be used as an excuse for plagiarism. Students should seek clarifications from their respective tutors, lecturers or supervisors if they are unsure whether or not they are plagiarizing the work of another person. Students are strongly encouraged to consult the following websites about plagiarism: