A true, integrated institutional project requires a foundation:
The 12 action plans are presented separately so that they can be better analyzed and implemented.
Plagiarism can be efficiently handled only within the framework of an integrated project, which is more than just the sum of its different action plans.
The implementation period should be brief (one to two years), and the institutions must put forth a clear and definite policy.
Governing bodies should assume the responsibility they have in such a project, as it goes to the heart of knowledge.
An integrated project allows everyone involved in the creation and diffusion of knowledge to put their work into perspective.
The twelve action plans that we developed at our institutional meetings are presented in this section.
As background reading, you may wish to consult the report of the Commission on Ethics and Plagiarism that we headed in 2007-2008 at the request of the Office of the Rector of the University of Geneva. This 132-page document was drafted in French and studies the relationship between ethics and plagiarism in student work: La relation éthique-Plagiat dans la réalisation des travaux personnels par les étudiants. It deals with both the “Context in Transformation” (such as the impact of technology on knowledge, student behavior and the role of our libraries) and “Organization-level projects” (such as training in informational literacy, values, norms, rules and similarity detection tools).