This occurs when you don’t use knowledge honestly.
Cheating:acting in a dishonest manner in order to gain an advantage.
Plagiarism:taking someone else’s ideas or words and using them as if they were your own.
(Based on Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 5th Edition, 1995)
It makes no difference whether this is deliberate or accidental, and applies to all materials, including anything copied or downloaded from the internet.
Plagiarism is a serious offence wherever it occurs. In 2006 the Red Hot Chilli Peppers were accused of plagiarising an earlier Tom Petty song, but Petty decided not to pursue a legal action against them. Madonna, however, was found guilty of plagiarism by a Belgian court in 2006. As a result, Sony EMI Warner were forced to stop television and radio broadcasts of the song ‘Frozen’, and copies of both the single and its album ‘Ray of Light’ were withdrawn from record shops in Belgium.
Collusion:working with others to produce a joint piece of work which you present as your individual effort.
Collusion is a form of plagiarism.
The most common and serious form of cheating at university is plagiarism. The possible consequences of committing plagiarism include failing an assignment, failing to achieve your degree, or being required to leave the university.
See if you can identify what is plagiarism and what is collusion. Identifying plagiarism and collusion