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Can overwork and messy hand-writing add up to plagiarism?

Would you accept a “hectic work schedule” and “chaotic note taking” as an excuse for plagiarism?

Jane Goodall is a highly respected primatologist and conservationist, she’s a Dame and a United Nations Messenger of Peace – not someone you’d initially suspect of plagiarism.

However, the Guardian has reported on a plagiarism scandal that has hit the world-renowned researcher of chimpanzee behaviour.  The report explains how sentence after sentence of her work has been found to be identical to various sources, including Wikipedia.

Goodall blames her “chaotic note taking” technique for the embarrassing oversight, raising an interesting perspective within the area of Academic Honesty.

What’s your opinion?

Join the discussion in the upcoming Academic Integrity Webinar on 29th April to share your views.  We will examine principles of academic integrity, explore various strategies to address issues. We will also review alternative approaches to assessment to prevent academic issues arising.

What: Academic Integrity Webinar
When: 29 April 1pm – 2pm
Where:  Join in from anywhere, on or off campus
Details and registration here

 Written by Victoria Taylor, Educational Designer, Learning and Teaching Centre