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Disciplinary matters at higher education institutions 2008
The National Agency for Higher Education notes that 302 of 543 disciplinary cases involve plagiarism and, as a result, plagiarism is the most common reason for disciplinary measures in absolute terms. Plagiarism is regarded as a problem in higher education, both at the international level and in Sweden. New technologies have made information available to students on a worldwide basis, and this affects the way in which they approach their study assignments. Higher education institutions need to help students to understand the requirements and expectations they meet in education programmes. In June 2006, the Agency arranged a conference that focused on ways of discouraging cheating, and in particular plagiarism, by educational means. This conference clearly indicated that there are useful strategies at several levels. In order to support continued efforts by institutions of higher education to combat plagiarism, the National Agency for Higher Education, in cooperation with the Royal Institute of Technology, arranged a series of seminars during the spring of 2009, led by Jude Carroll, an international expert on plagiarism in higher education. Jude Carroll considers that higher education institutions should adopt a holistic approach to this problem. Her conclusion is that there is no simple way of tackling plagiarism, and that a number of measures are called for, including research on the plagiarism phenomenon, resources and information for all those concerned, a high degree of legal stringency, and also changes in education methods. According to Jude Carroll, stiffer language requirements prior to admission to higher education studies in Sweden should also be discussed. All the documentation for this series of seminars is available on www.csc.kth.se/~kristina/plagiat/. The National Agency for Higher Education would like to draw attention, once again, to the Refero — antiplagieringsguiden Internet-based guide, prepared jointly by the Blekinge Institute of Technology, the University College of Kalmar and Växjö University, which is available both in English and Swedish for example on the http://www. bi.hik.se/Refero/1intro.php website.
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