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Plagiarism is a serious contravention of scientific basic rules. Plagiarism is also equivalent to deliberate deception.

It is attempted plagiarism if you use another author's work and pretend to be the author yourself, if you translate another author's work, written in a foreign launguage or if you copy text passages without mentioning the source.

In such cases, you will fail the exam (e.g. receive grad 5 equivalent to "not passed") and will not be able to repeat this exam, be it a paper or a final thesis. We may take further examination or legal measures in accord with the Examination Office.

These rules also apply to seminar papers, homeworks, reports and final theses.

Definition Plagiat:

"Plagiarism is the use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work. The modern concept of plagiarism as immmoral and originality as an ideal emerged in Europe.It is now subject to sanctions in academia and journalism, where it is considerd academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic ethics, often leading to explusion and career damage. Plagiarism is not a crime, but is disapproved more on the grounds of moral offence. It may be a case for civil law, if it so substantial to constitute copyright infringement." (Source: wikipedia)