What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is defined in the Regulations Governing Conduct at Examinations – “as the unacknowledged use, as one’s own, of work of another person, whether or not such work has been published”. In this University, plagiarism is a disciplinary offence. Any student who commits the offence is liable to disciplinary action.
Handling of Plagiarism Cases
Academically, the teachers will report plagiarism cases to the Chief Examiner/Head of Department and submit a recommendation to the Board of Examiners on whether the plagiarized work will receive a failed grade. There may also be disciplinary action against the student who commits the offence of plagiarism. A warning letter will be issued in cases of minor plagiarism. For more serious cases, the students concerned will be referred to the Vice-Chancellor for referral to the University Disciplinary Committee for disciplinary action. The Disciplinary Committee will investigate the complaint and may impose a wide range of penalties once a student is found guilty of this disciplinary offence. These penalties include a published reprimand, suspension of study for a period of time, and even expulsion from the University.
More information on plagiarism are available at https://tl.hku.hk/plagiarism/