Anti-Plagiarism Policy and Regulation

Anti-Plagiarism Policy and Regulation

Preamble:

Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies (MRIIRS, formerly MRIU- a NAAC Accredited ‘A’ Grade Institution), ‘Deemed-to be-University’ under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956, has the right to confer degrees and offers programs from Graduate to Doctoral level that are in tune with the market dynamics.

A student/researcher/faculty/staff is required to have ethical and moral values in his academic pursuit. The student/researcher/faculty/staff is expected to produce and submit the original and genuine work. In the present era, huge amount of information is available on the internet and online as source material. In this context, plagiarism has become a serious problem. Recently, University Grants Commission‘s (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2018 published in Gazette of India, has come into the force. Thus, in compliance of the UGC’s Regulations, MRIIRS, Faridabad is also exercising the following regulations pertaining to plagiarism.

Key Definitions:

‘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. Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty.

Methods of Plagiarism

  1. Quoting directly another person’s language, data, illustration, tables, etc. without due acknowledgment of the source.
  2. Copying a section of book/article/report/monograph/dissertation/thesis without proper citation.
  3. Buying, stealing or borrowing assignments, experiments/results.
  4. Paragraphing the work of others without due acknowledgments.
  5. Using ideas of someone else without crediting the originator.
  6. Copying, cutting and pasting from the internet or online source and submitting as one’s own work without giving proper reference/citation.

Self-Plagiarism

Self-Plagiarism is the use of one’s own previous work in another context without citing that it was used previously.

Objectives of the policy

  1. To create awareness and inculcate academic ethics and spirit about responsible conduct of research, thesis, dissertation, promotion of academic integrity and prevention of misconduct including plagiarism in academic writing among students, faculty members, researchers and staff.
  2. To establish institutional mechanism through education and training to facilitate responsible conduct of research, thesis, dissertation, promotion of academic integrity and deterrence from plagiarism.

Similarity checks for exclusion from Plagiarism

The similarity checks for plagiarism shall exclude the following:

  1. All quoted work reproduced with all necessary permission and /or attribution.
  2. All references, bibliography, table of content, preface and acknowledgments.
  3. All generic terms, laws, standard symbols and standards equations.

Note: The research work carried out by the student, faculty, researcher and staff shall be based on original ideas, which shall include abstract, summary, hypothesis, observations, results, conclusions and recommendations only and shall not have any similarities. It shall exclude a common knowledge or coincidental terms, up to fourteen (14) consecutive words.

Levels of Plagiarism

Plagiarism would be quantified into following levels in ascending order of severity for the purpose of its definition:

  1. Level 0: Similarities up to 10% – Minor similarities, no penalty
  2. Level 1: Similarities above 10% to 40%
  3. Level 2: Similarities above 40% to 60%
  4. Level 3: Similarities above 60%

Detection/Reporting/Handling of Plagiarism

All students, faculty members, researchers and staff must got plagiarism check through the university authorized software’s i.e. Urkund/Turnitin available before uploading/ submitting for any academic purpose in the public domain.

If any member of the University suspects with appropriate proof that a case of plagiarism has happened in any document which has been submitted or uploaded for any academic purpose, concerned department shall report it to the Faculty Dean. Upon receipt of such a complaint or allegation, the Faculty Dean shall investigate the matter and submit its recommendations to the Academic integrity panel of the University.

The authorities of University can also take suomotu notice of an act of plagiarism and initiate proceedings under these regulations.

Penalties

Penalties in the cases of plagiarism shall be imposed on university stakeholder only after academic misconduct on his/ her part as an individual that has been established without doubt.

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