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Southern Africa Youth Project as a provider of training and programmes and Programme Assessment review and referral has an obligation to Programme Assessment evaluation and referral bodies, its students, employers and society, in general, to ensure that the Programmes and Qualifications its students receive a fair and accurate representation of their work, and the knowledge and skills and youth development attained. Plagiarism, and other forms of cheating, undermines the value of Programmes and Qualifications for all concerned because they undermine their credibility. If a student passes a Programme Assessment, review and referral or gets a qualification, by unfair means, then unjust to those, who have to achieve the same qualification reasonably, Southern Africa Youth Project takes all appropriate measures to ensure that Beneficiary’s work is, in fact, their own and that plagiarism and other forms of cheating have not taken place. Southern Africa Youth Project also takes appropriate action where plagiarism is detected.
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is a form of cheating. More fully, Neville (2007) describes plagiarism as “a practice that involves knowingly taking and using another person’s work and claiming it, directly or indirectly, as your own”. However, the definition covers a range of degrees of seriousness and intent. Beneficiaries may, for example, by laziness as well as by a direct intention to obtain a qualification unfairly. In practice, it can also challenge to distinguish between deliberate plagiarism and failure to acknowledge sources appropriately. There is a clear difference of degree between poor referencing of a quotation and the conscious passing off an entire piece of work to obtain a qualification unfairly. It notes, however, that whether it is intentional or not, plagiarism presents a problem when it interferes with the accurate Programme Assessment review and referral of a student’s ability it subverts the purpose of Programme Assessment evaluation and referral Plagiarism can also a breach of trust between Staff and Facilitators and assessors and their beneficiaries, and between society and its members, and as such issues relating to plagiarism matters of citizenship, honesty, and fairness.
Southern Africa Youth Project is committed to the detection of plagiarism and to taking appropriate measures detected including:
- the implementation of electronic means of plagiarism detection
- the training and programmes of its staff in plagiarism prevention and detection
- informing beneficiaries, it is on plagiarism, and of the methods used to aid detection
- the promotion of practical Programme Assessment, review and referral design and Programme Assessment, review, and referral practice
- ensuring that students correctly instructed in what constitutes fair practice and appropriate referencing
- taking disciplinary action as appropriate