Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy


Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha, is dedicated to fostering an academic environment that respects the principles of honesty and integrity. This policy document serves as a testament to our commitment to uphold these values and outlines the expectations, procedures, and repercussions associated with plagiarism.

Definition of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of using someone else’s work, ideas, or intellectual property without proper acknowledgment, thereby presenting it as one’s own. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Direct copying of text, images, music, and other materials.
  • Paraphrasing another’s work without citation.
  • Using another’s idea or conceptual framework without giving credit.
  • Submission of work, in whole or in part, that has been purchased or obtained from an external source as one’s own.

Scope and Application

This policy applies to all members of the Nirmala College community, including undergraduate and postgraduate students, faculty, researchers, and administrative staff, across all disciplines and departments.

Educational Measures

  • Orientation: All new members of the college will be oriented on the importance of academic integrity and the specifics of this policy.
  • Workshops: Regular workshops will be conducted to educate on proper research methodologies, citation practices, and the use of reference management software.
  • Resources: The college library will provide access to guides on citation styles and academic writing.

Detection and Monitoring

  • Plagiarism Detection Software: All submitted assignments, theses, and publications will be checked using licensed plagiarism detection software.
  • Faculty Vigilance: Faculty members are responsible for monitoring their students’ work and reporting any suspected instances of plagiarism.

Procedures for Handling Plagiarism

  • Initial Review: Suspected cases will be initially reviewed by the department head in consultation with the concerned faculty member.
  • Investigation: A formal investigation will be conducted by the committee constituted by the Dean R&D, which will include a review of the evidence and an opportunity for the accused to present their case.
  • Reporting: All confirmed cases of plagiarism will be reported to the principal for further action.

Disciplinary Actions

  • Minor Offences: May result in a warning, a requirement to resubmit the work, or a reduction in the grade.
  • Major Offences: May lead to failure in the course, suspension, or even expulsion from the college, depending on the severity and frequency of the offence.

Appeals Process

  • Right to Appeal: Students and faculty have the right to appeal the decision of the Academic Integrity Committee.
  • Appeals Committee: A separate Appeals Committee will be constituted to hear and decide on appeals, ensuring a fair and unbiased process.

Record Keeping

  • Confidentiality: All records pertaining to plagiarism cases will be kept confidential and will only be disclosed to relevant parties.
  • Documentation: Detailed records of investigations, decisions, and sanctions will be maintained by  Dean Research and Development.

Policy Review and Amendments

  • Regular Review: This policy will be reviewed biennially to incorporate any changes in academic standards and legal requirements.
  • Amendments: Any amendments to this policy will be made in consultation with the Academic Council and will be communicated to all members of the college.


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