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Plagiarism Prevention and Citing Sources: Academy Honesty and Acknowledgement of Sources

Academic Honesty and Acknowledgement of Sources

The Academy's Guidelines for Students on Academic Honesty, Plagiarism and Acknowledgement of Sources are provided in the Students Handbook for observations by all students. Below are some highlights of the Guidelines:

Academic Honesty

The Academy expects that the work which students submit for course assessment or in examination is a result of their own ideas, creative thinking and research, unless the other sources of the work submitted are acknowledged. This expectation of academic honesty applies to course assignments, essays, papers, creative projects, research projects, work in examinations, presentations, and any other kind of submission required by the relevant academic programme.


If students use another person’s ideas, creative work or research in any work which is submitted by the students for course assessment or in examination, be it in the written form or in any other medium of the arts, proper acknowledgement of the sources is required; failure to do so constitutes plagiarism on the part of the students. To plagiarise is ‘to take (ideas, writings, etc) from (another) and pass them off as one’s own’ (Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 2020). The Academy considers plagiarism as serious misconduct which is subject to disciplinary action.

Acknowledgement of Sources - General Guidelines

  1. In case of direct quotations from another person’s work, use quotation marks and cite the source(s) of the quotations.
  2. In paraphrasing or summarising another person’s idea or research, acknowledge the author according to the convention of the discipline, such as in a footnote or endnote.
  3. If a concept is borrowed from another person’s creative work for use in one’s own work such as choreography, music composition, theatre and entertainment arts design, play script, screenplay and film and video, credit must be given to the original artist according to the convention of the relevant discipline.
  4. At the end of a research paper or project report, give a bibliography, listing the publications used as references.
  5. In case of doubt as to whether certain ideas or information require acknowledgement, consult the relevant academic staff before submitting the work.

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