The Department of Immigration in Australia cancels visas for international students who plagiarize. This time an unexpected allegation caught Shaheryar Khan flat-footed. Shaheryar Khan is a business department student at Technical Education Development Institute who studied in Melbourne, Australia.
As it appeared, Shaheryar Khan copied information from the e-net and pasted into his assignments. No doubt the student was shocked and appealed the Administrative Court Decision. He blamed university officials who didn’t explain him that they found plagiarism in his assignments. According to Shaheryar, he received only good marks for the assignments, that’s why facing with plagiarism accusations was disgraceful.
Visa Cancellation Conditions
To cancel a student’s visa is a usual process for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and every year a great number of visas for international students are cancelled. However, there are certain rules for cancellation procedures. A student who constantly does not cope with exams well, cheats while taking tests, heavily plagiarizes or sells essays, may be punished by student visa cancellation. However, the punishment up to expulsion from the university should be conducted before visa cancellation. So, Technical Education Development Institute plagiarism case is rather a weird turn of events.
Plagiarism Policy of the Institute
Technical Education Development Institute plagiarism case is rather confusing. Looking through the Plagiarism Policy of this institute, one may find statements regarding plagiarism and punishment. There is a statement “The penalties associated with plagiarism are designed to impose sanctions that reflect the seriousness of the Institute’s commitment to academic integrity. Penalties may include revising and resubmitting assessment work, receiving a result of zero for the assessment task, failing the course, expulsion and/or the imposition of a financial penalty”. However, another statement indicates that a singular case of plagiarism does not entail serious penalties, and, what is most important, a student should be informed of all the instances of plagiarism found in his work. “The student must have the opportunity to present her or his case to the decision-maker; to be informed of the nature and substance of all allegations and of all information used in arriving at the decision; and to respond to that information”.
Students do not want to put up with unfair allegations and appeal to court. So, Sujanie Gamage at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas appealed to court after false plagiarism allegations.