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Referencing & Plagiarism Awareness: 5. Consequences of plagiarism

Consequences of plagiarism

Aberystwyth University has clear regulations on plagiarism which can be found here:  'Regulation on Unacceptable Academic Practice'

The document clearly states;

"Plagiarism is defined as using another person's work and presenting it as one's own, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

Examples of plagiarism include;

  • Use of quotation without the use of quotation marks

  • copying another person's work

  • unacknowledged translation of another person's work

  • paraphrasing or adapting another person's work without due acknowledgment

  • unacknowledged use of material downloaded from the internet

  • use of material obtained from essay banks or similar agencies"

Cite the document!! Reference!!

There are serious consequences if you are found to have plagiarised, from zero marks for a module to exclusion from university, depending on the panel decision.


  • taught students can be excluded from the University
  • research postgraduates can have their thesis failed
  • students may become ineligible for professional accreditation - e.g. membership of the Law Society

When you hand in an assignment you must sign a cover sheet to indicate that you understand the consequences if you plagiarise.

Aberystwyth University. (2019) Regulation on Unacceptable Academic Practice. Available at: (Accessed: 22 July 2020).