Why is it essential to raise awareness about plagiarism throughout a student's education?

Why is it essential to raise awareness about plagiarism throughout a student's education?

A lack of action against plagiarism at university can be seen as an implicit authorisation to cheat.

School provides knowledge and skills covering a variety of fields. This includes teaching citation standards. Giving college students an easy way to steal other people's work is not doing them a favour; they should think for themselves. School is where students are shaped into the respectful adults they will become.

Prevent and avoid plagiarism throughout the student's education

Take responsibility for the value of diplomas
Take responsibility for the value of diplomas
Promote honesty and respect
Promote honesty and respect
Develop critical thinking
Develop critical thinking
Contribute to scientific research
Contribute to scientific research
Safeguard your reputation
Safeguard your reputation

All stakeholders against plagiarism

In an educational institution, everyone has a role to play in avoiding plagiarism, all in the name of academic integrity!

  •  The administration promotes an anti-plagiarism policy and a regulatory framework to protect the school's reputation
  • Teachers stand as examples by citing sources in their course materials and guiding students in being responsible digital citizens.
  • Research librarians train students in scientific research methodology to ensure they follow best practices in writing theses and reports.
  • Students should respect copyright on each writing assignment to attest to their understanding of citation guidelines and to their honesty.

Avoid temptations to copy and paste

Each teacher has a strong educational power to combat plagiarism: by making it more difficult for their students to plagiarise than to actually do the work as assigned.

  • Clarify the guidelines for writing and citations with each assignment. When the rules about duplicated content are explicit and repeated (paraphrasing, restating ideas, quotation marks, bibliography, etc.), the risk of plagiarism diminishes.
  • Assign original and unpublished topics. If the assignment's topics are new, students will not be able to copy others' previous writing.
  • Engage students with topics of their choice. By researching topics that interest them, students are satisfied in deepening their personal knowledge and are less likely to plagiarise.
  • Check academic work with the anti-plagiarism software MagisterIn an educational way, to foster teacher-student dialogue and promote learning, before the final submission.
  • Implement an oral presentation of the research assignment. An oral presentation for an assignment enables a teacher-student dialogue, thus enabling the teacher to verify how much knowledge the student has acquired.


Pedagogy remains the best means for combating plagiarism and upholding copyright.

Plagiarism is not excusable!

in damages and was stripped of her doctorate for plagiarising her dissertation

because of plagiarism detected in his theses

for nine months due to plagiarism in his end-of-year thesis

And if it were you?


« “When schools and universities take action against cheating, this of course protects the value of grades at the school and ensures equality among students. But as these institutions are places of education and socialisation, the implications of combating plagiarism reverberate beyond higher education [...] »

What kinds of assignments tempt students to plagiarise?

What kinds of assignments tempt students to plagiarise?
What kinds of assignments tempt students to plagiarise?

"Just because an assignment is important doesn't mean a student is less likely to plagiarise. Indeed, a third of students answer that the temptation is as strong for homework exercises as for an internship report. And half of them have plagiarised in a thesis! The record is for presentations, where nearly 80% of students use copying/pasting."


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Prevent plagiarism in higher education

Compilatio believes that it is essential to strive for academic honesty and integrity,
throughout the entire school curriculum, starting with the first assignments and until final papers. 
Compilatio provides teaching staff and students with a variety of educational resources
to stay in compliance with copyright. Understand plagiarism better to avoid it better.