Indicative penalties in cases of plagiarism

The following guidance is indicative only, and the penalty to be applied in each case will be determined through the formal investigation process. Other factors will be considered as well as the proportion of the assessment which has been plagiarised.

Reduce mark by:

Proportion of plagiarised text

Level 7

Level 8

Level 9

Level 10

Level 11

Less than 5%
ie up to 125 words in a 2,500-word essay

-5%

-10%

-15%

-20%

-20%

Between 5-15%
ie 125-375 words in a 2,500-word essay

-10%

-20%

-30%

-40%

-40%

More than 15%
i.e. more than 375 words of a 2,500-word essay (plagiarised text may or may not be continuous)

Fail

Fail

Fail

Fail

Fail

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