Back in 2016, there was a report published on The Independent which revealed that as many as 50,000 students were caught cheating. Sadly, the majority of them were international and EU students. As a result, universities have made it almost impossible for students to get away with plagiarism.
What happens if you are caught plagiarising?
The consequences can be severe. If found guilty, you should expect some sort of academic penalty.
The severity of this penalty can range from being;
- A formal warning and allowed to resit the work with a capped grade (usually at 40%) – this may bring your overall percentage down significantly.
- Failure of the module with no retake option, and expulsion from the University – ultimately leading to curtailment of your student visa!
So how to avoid risking everything you’ve worked for?
Don’t share your assignments with others
Sharing any part of your work – notes, references, or complete assignments – can result in academic misconduct. If you knowingly share your work with a friend or classmate, it will land you both in an awkward position. One that violates academic regulations and leaves both parties guilty of misconduct.
Even if you were the one who completed the assignment yourself, you may still be guilty of collusion if you knowingly allow someone else to copy from your assignment. So please do not take this lightly!
Check your work on a Plagiarism tool before final submission
If you want to be sure that your work is original and not a copy of someone else’s work, check it on Turnitin or other (free)plagiarism checking tools. However, if money isn’t an issue for you then I would recommend buying “TurnItIn” as it is the tool used by almost all UK Universities.
Also, as an enrolled student, most of you should already have access to Turnitin. So do try to get it for free by checking your Universities’ Blackboard or write to your lecturer and they’ll arrange a login for you.
Get your referencing right
If you are writing a piece of work, then make sure that the information is referenced correctly. If you are including diagrams or tables in your work, be sure to reference them appropriately as well. You need to ensure that all content is cited and documented with appropriate citations so it can stand up to academic scrutiny if needed at any time.
There are tons of useful resources guiding you about referencing.
What happens if University expels me because of plagiarism/ cheating?
UKVI will be informed about your termination immediately and your student visa will be revoked. You will then be given 60 days to leave the country or risk deportation.
You will NOT be able to change your University or re-apply from the UK. Going back will be the only option left and it will be incredibly difficult to justify another admission in the future.
Paying for assignments
Paid assignment-making services use prewritten work and reword your assignments. They’re overworked, working on several such assignments at once, and you could end up with an assignment that doesn’t make any sense or even worse – copied from someone else!
Is it really worth the risk?