Ethical principles

Ethical principles in the University of Jyväskylä


Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s words, ideas or any other form of intellectual work and using them as your own. This might happen both intentionally and unintentionally; simply forgetting to cite a source used in your work is also a form of plagiarism. It is important to notice that there are cultural differences in how citations are used; you might need to rethink the views you hold regarding the principles of citation.

Fraud and plagiarism are forbidden throughout the degree studies and any student found guilty of fraudulent conduct will fail the assessment. The basic principal is that the student’s individual effort must be clearly distinguishable from the work and if any work has been done as group work, it must be clearly stated. No parts of any course work or thesis should be copied from other writers, such as other students, or from other sources, such as literature or the Internet, without proper referencing of the original source material. Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic integrity that will result in punishment.

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Fraud in Research

University studies include small scale research, such as Bachelor's and Master's theses. In engaging research work students must follow good research practices. For example, fabricating or falsifying research evidence, plagiarism and stealing an original research idea are considered as fraudulent behaviour in research. Belittling the part of other researchers, misleading reporting, inadequate recording of research observations and misleading the research community are considered as negligence. For further information, please refer to: