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Plagiarism and assessment misconduct

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Academic honesty and plagiarism

All work you submit for assessment at SOAS should be in your own words and incorporate your own ideas and judgements. If you fail to do this it could be seen as plagiarism.

Plagiarism is an assessment offence, and could result in an allegation of cheating.

The Student Casework Team deals with plagiarism and other examination or assessment misconduct. You can read more about the regulations and process in the General and Admissions Regulations for Students, and about how we deal with plagiarism allegations in our Academic Misconduct Policy. Both of these can be found on the Degree Regulations, Policies and Procedures page.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is when you present another person's thoughts or words as though they are your own.  Please read the School's Statement on Plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a very serious offence. So if you’re at all unsure, please check with your tutor, supervisor or course convenor.

If you have further questions, please email us at

How to avoid plagiarism

Always use quotation marks, references and your bibliography to identify when you:

  • use a direct quote from the published or unpublished work of others
  • use a series of short quotations from several different sources
  • summarise another person’s ideas and judgements.

Even if you draw on your own previous work (whether you submitted it as coursework for your current degree or for a previous degree), you must clearly state it.

You can’t re-submit essays from another course without acknowledgement or approval.

It’s a very serious offence to be caught plagiarising and accused of cheating. If you’re at all unsure, please check with your tutor or supervisor.


When you submit any work – whether online or on paper – you’re implicitly declaring that:

  • all the work is your own
  • you have properly acknowledged and cited all the materials you’ve used from the published or unpublished work of others
  • you have not submitted that work for any other course.

You are also implicitly giving SOAS the permission to authenticate your submitted work – including submitting it to a plagiarism checking service, copying the work to another member or members of staff, or inviting students to a meeting to discuss the authorship of their work.

Getting help with study skills

The Academic Development Directorate can help with study skills, including workshops, one-to-one tutorials and online resources available through Moodle.

We strongly recommend booking a session with CILT to improve your understanding of referencing. You can book a session by completing the following form

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