Bond University


[Extract] Plagiarism has become increasingly pervasive in Australian law schools. Universities have implemented policies and procedures at both the institutional and faculty level to combat the menace to academic integrity. Plagiarism is elusive, however, in terms of both conceptualisation and detection. The greatest difficulty in identifying instances of plagiarism is the lack of clarity as to its definition. At its most basic, plagiarism is defined as the theft of literary property without attribution. While the authors contend that offenders ought to be held strictly liable, some commentators, discussed below, insist that an element of intention must be present to make a finding of plagiarism, or they identify negligence as an excuse for plagiarism.