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Policy on Intellectual Property and Plagiarism

“The action or practice of plagiarizing; the taking and using as one’s own of the thoughts, writings or inventions of another”
– The Shorter OED, 1992, OUP, Oxford

Plagiarism is the act of taking another person or organisation’s intellectual property and using it as if it were one’s own work. This includes copying word for word into a written, spoken or audio visual medium without referencing the source. It also includes claiming other people’s discoveries, processes, concepts as one’s own.

Inspiritive has a policy of:

  • Referencing all work for which the source is known.
  • Seeking the source for all work for which the source is not known to Inspiritive.
  • Stating that the source is unknown to Inspiritive where this is the case.
  • Requiring referencing in written work by course participants.
  • Banning plagiarism in all its forms from work disseminated by Inspiritive
  • Banning plagiarism in all its forms from work provided to Inspiritive by its course participants.

Responding to proven plagiarism in any participant’s written work with refusal to certify that individual at any level of NLP training and reservation of the right to inform any relevant authority (including but not limited to law enforcement agencies, academic institutions, government departments) that plagiarism has been committed by that individual; such information to be supported by documentary evidence.Referencing is a means for readers, listeners, observers to discover for themselves any sources quoted in any text, tape, or other reproductive medium of information transfer disseminated by Inspiritive or its agents or employees or required of its students in their assessment activities for obtaining a qualification in NLP.

Inspiritive requires referencing for all quotations and references to others’ work to ensure:

that any submission reflects the submitting author’s understanding of their material,
plagiarism has not been committed,
reviewers have access to all source material used by the submitting author.

References should include:

  • the name(s) of the author(s) of the source material.
  • the year of publication of the source material.
  • the title of the source publication (and its volume number if a journal).
  • the name of the publisher of the source material.
  • the pages of the source material referred to in the submitted material.
    Version 2 2010

 

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