Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Plagiarism at Ateneo de Davao

In the wake of the Supreme Court's handling of the charge of plagiarism against one of its own, the University president sent out this memo last week:

Peace!

In the light of the recent Supreme Court decision "In the Matter of the Charges of Plagiarism, etc., against Associate Justice Mariano C. del Castillo," promulgated in October 2010, which quoted the definition of plagiarism given in the 8th Edition of Black's Law Dictionary as the
"deliberate and knowing presentation of another person's original ideas or creative expressions as one's own," and stated that "Thus, plagiarism presupposes intent and a deliberate conscious, effort to steal another's work and pass it off as one's work," I wish to inform all concerned that the University will continue with its current understanding and treatment of
plagiarism as stated in its ADDU (College) Student Manual, 2010 Edition:
"The University places great importance in honesty and personal integrity. Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty constitute serious violations of the University ideals and regulations.

"Plagiarism is intentionally or knowingly presenting the work of another as one's own. Plagiarism occurs whenever

- One quotes another's actual words or writings without due acknowledgment. This includes all information from any source, including the Internet;

- One uses another's ideas, opinions, work, data theories, though paraphrased, without due acknowledgment;

- One uses data, statistics or other illustrative materials without due acknowledgment;

- One fails to acknowledgment with a citation any close or extended paraphrasing from another;

- One fails to use quotation marks when quoting directly the work of another."

Sanctions for Cheating and other Forms of Academic Dishonesty area also given [ADDU College Student Manual, 2010, p. 94].

There are University standing rules and regulations "On Cheating in Major Examinations" [ADDU College Student Manual, 2010 p. 95].

Plagiarism is listed among the "Grave Offense" listed [ADDU College Student Manual, 2010, p. 95].

I also wish to express support for the public statements of the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP), "In Defense of Honesty and Integrity," and of the Coordinating Council of Private Education Associations (COCOPEA), "Statement of Concern," published in the Philippine Star and the Daily Inquirer yesterday, 09 November 2010, regarding this same
Supreme Court decision.

For the information and guidance of all concerned.

FR: ANTONIO S. SAMSON, SJ (sgd)
President - ADDU

In other words, the Supreme Court's argument doesn't hold water with us.

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