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Plagiarism is an act of serious academic misconduct and a disciplinary offence possibly resulting in serious consequences, including a fail grade for the plagiarized work, published reprimand, suspension of study, and/or expulsion from the University. The University does not allow plagiarism. Clause 6 of the "Regulations Governing Students' Academic Conduct Concerning Assessment" clearly stipulates that "a candidate shall not engage in plagiarism nor employ nor seek to employ any other unfair means at an examination or in any other form of assessment. Plagiarism is defined as direct copying of textual material or wilful use of other people’s data and ideas, and presenting them as one’s own without acknowledgement, whether or not such materials, data and ideas have been published". A student at a University assessment who infringes the above regulations is liable to be the subject of a complaint before the Disciplinary Committee.

The Policy Board of Postgraduate Education has approved at its meeting on April 28, 2010 that starting from January 1, 2011, all MPhil/PhD theses be required to go through a compulsory plagiarism check via "Turnitin" before submission for examination. The workflow is shown at http://www.gradsch.hku.hk/gradsch/f/page/509/Workflow_PlagiarismCheck_Nov2016.pdf. A similar workflow is also in place for EdD students.

The following booklets are useful references which give you guidance on how to avoid plagiarism:

  1. Plagiarism: A Guide for Research Postgraduate Students, issued by the Graduate School, informs students about plagiarism and how to acknowledge the ideas or work of others in academic writing for preventing plagiarism
  2. Plagiarism and How to Avoid It by David Gardner of the Centre for Applied English Studies
  3. What is Plagiarism? issued by the Registry
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