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VUW policies and notices relating to Turnitin

All courses which make use of Turnitin must inform students prior to the collection of work for assessment. It is strongly recommended that the following words (modified as necessary for particular circumstances) appear in course outlines, websites and assessment information sheets.

Student work provided for assessment in this course may be checked for academic integrity by the electronic search engine http://www.turnitin.com. Turnitin is an online plagiarism prevention tool which identifies material that may have been copied from other sources including the Internet, books, journals, periodicals or the work of other students. Turnitin is used to assist academic staff in detecting misreferencing, misquotation, and the inclusion of unattributed material, which may be forms of cheating or plagiarism. At the discretion of the head of School, handwritten work may be copy typed by the School and subject to checking by Turnitin. You are strongly advised to check with your tutor or the course coordinator if you are uncertain about how to use and cite material from other sources. Turnitin will retain a copy of submitted materials on behalf of the University for detection of future plagiarism, but access to the full text of submissions will not be made available to any other party.

If staff receive a request for access to student work from colleagues outside of the University they should decline this as there are issues regarding student privacy and copyright. That request should trigger a re-examination of the student's work submitted by Victoria as it suggests that the material may contain previously unidentified plagiarism. Please refer to University policy and the Assessment Handbook for further guidance Link to Academic policies.