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Introduction

Published 21/05/2015

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For more information:
Ms. Céleste Cornu
celeste.cornu@eurocompliance.eu
Anti-Corruption Services
Eurocompliance

Academia is changing rapidly. There are now various accreditations for academic institutions (HCERES, ACCSB, EUR-ACE…) that assess the quality of teaching and research – but these labels only give scant attention to plagiarism.

European directive 2014/95/UE was ratified by the European Parliament in April 2014. This requirement for transparency from companies will inevitably be imposed on academic establishments given the many scandals that have shaken academia over the past few years.

Academic establishments only survive today through visibility and credibility. Their reputation and that of their diplomas depend on the quality of teaching and research.

By adopting an anti-plagiarism program, academic institutions show their willingness to engage on the path to transparency. This process creates meaning, trust and motivation inside the institution and contributes to its reputation. All organizations now construct their image to guarantee their attractiveness worldwide.

Responding to the guidelines provided in this section does not guarantee that the academic institution concerned will never be exposed to a case of plagiarism. The guidelines simply set up the necessary policies and procedures to prevent plagiarism as far as possible and deal with cases that may come up. They are also an opportunity to distinguish establishments, faculties, institutes, schools and other academic institutions that reach a level of maturity in this domain.