It is unethical to take passages from elsewhere and present them as if you had written them yourself, or to borrow ideas from other people without acknowledging the source.

Plagiarism includes:

  1. copying passages from someone else’s writing (a book, an article, another essay) without acknowledgement. Any direct quotations must be shown in quotation marks or, if longer than a sentence or so, as an indented paragraph, and acknowledged in an endnote or footnote.
  2. summarising ideas from another person’s work without showing the source of these ideas. Even when you are presenting another person’s ideas in your own words you should cite a reference which shows where these ideas have originated.iii. structuring your essay using the outline of another essay, article or book without acknowledgment.

If plagiarism is found in a piece of written work submitted for this course you will be asked to discuss the matter with the coordinator. If in his/her judgment you have not deliberately set out to plagiarise you will probably be asked to re-write and re-submit the work. If the plagiarism is knowing and deliberate, you will lose all marks for this piece of work, which probably means failing the unit. If this is not the first time you have plagiarised work (and each College keeps a register of all warnings given to students) your candidature may be terminated under University of Divinity rules.  Please see the policies regarding Academic Misconduct for further information:

Conduct and Misconduct policy

Academic Integrity Policy (note particularly Section 5.3)