A more fine-meshed net to stop plagiarism

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Studying at a university involves developing new and innovative thoughts and ideas. Naturally, this can be achieved through inspiration from others, but never through theft, says Rie Snekkerup, Head of Program Administration.

Originality is indeed important in relation to exam assignments at universities. As an increasing number of assignments are handed in electronically, CBS has decided to implement a new weapon in the fight against plagiarism; the text recognition program Urkund. 

This spring, CBS detected 100 cases involving plagiarism. To avoid becoming part of that statistic, students at CBS should familiarize themselves with the new plagiarism detection system, Urkund, as all electronic hand-ins are now subject to testing by the new system in order to get accepted.

Urkund is plagiarism detection software implemented to make sure that excessive copy pasting will be stopped. The system scans your assignment and produces a report that will reveal cases of alarming incidents of textual similarities.

Plagiarism control the new standard

- The significant difference is that now all assignments handed in electronically are subject to plagiarism control, says Joshua Kragh Bruun from CBS Library, who will be administering the new system.

The implementation of Urkund is part of CBS’ ambition to live up to the Danish Agency for Digitization’s vision of the digital university, which includes that all assignments are handed in electronically.

- The implementation of the system means that all assignments are now to be handed in via Learn, which then automatically applies the scanning process of Urkund, says Joshua Kragh Bruun and continues:

- The increased focus on plagiarism following the implementation of Urkund consequently means that also unintentional plagiarism will be detected. Eventually, this means that we will be able to produce more competent academics.

Technology not entirely trusted by CBS

Though Urkund is an effective tool to hinder plagiarism, CBS will continue to rely on the human factor in connection to handling cases of plagiarism.

- We will continue to follow the procedures already in place, says Ramona Claudia Toni, who is in charge of the day-to-day case processing for CBS Legal Services, and continues:

- The current procedure when a case is reported is that we assess whether or not plagiarism is actually involved; if so, we then decide on a reasonable consequence, i.e. a warning, an annulment, a suspension, or a relegation.

What the new system adds is that it is now possible to substantiate the claims of the initial reporting thanks to Urkund’s electronic analysis of the assignments.

- The net becomes increasingly fine-meshed, says Ramona Claudia Toni.

More measures under consideration

Head of Program Administration, Rie Snekkerup, who has been involved in the implementation of Urkund, is pleased with the new system and says that more measures will be implemented to fight plagiarism:

- Urkund constitutes a system that will support the examiners, and help CBS detect plagiarism. In addition, the Ministry of Higher Education and Science has granted us permission to make the Declaration of Authorship a definitive requirement in relation to hand-ins, says Rie Snekkerup and elaborates:

- This means that assignments not accompanied by a Declaration of Authorship can be rejected by CBS.

Thus, the Head of Program Administration would like to seize the opportunity to advice all students:

-Studying at a university involves developing new and innovative thoughts and ideas. Naturally, this can be achieved through inspiration from others, but never through theft, says Rie Snekkerup and continues:

- Do remember to attach the Declaration of Authorship when you hand in your exam papers!

To avoid becoming the victim of Urkund’s anger, courses in correct use of sources are now offered by the CBS Library. You can sign up here