Date lodged: 29 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take in response to plagiarism of academic work.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 12 June 2018
The Scottish Government is clear that plagiarism is a serious academic offence, and must be investigated and dealt with properly wherever it arises, in our schools, colleges and universities.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority takes instances of plagiarism very seriously, and is responsible for ensuring the exam system operates effectively and fairly.
Universities and colleges, as autonomous institutions, have their own policies in place to identify plagiarism and apply appropriate disciplinary procedures. While universities are responsible for their own procedures and systems, with regards to Research misconduct, as part of the Outcome Agreement that the Scottish Funding Council has with each university, institutions are asked to evidence their commitment to the principles set out in the Universities UK Concordat on Research Integrity .