How do you treat self-plagiarism at postgrad. level?

Hi all, I'd like to hear how your HE institution treats self-plagiarism (or double submission) at PG level.

In some subjects, we may scaffold our assessments (e.g., where a proposal leads into a project) and therefore, students may be required to repeat some information across assessments (e.g., company information). For this reason, we tend to be reasonable when interpreting our TII reports. However, there are some cases, where students may use recommendations from one assessment (e.g., strategic HRM) into another relevant subject (e.g., L&D) because one subject builds upon the other. It's these particular cases that I'm curious to explore best practice further. I've read the TII white paper (is recycling your own work plagiarism) but this refers to academic self-plagiarism (i.e., breaching copyright laws or ethical misconduct), rather than student submissions, which are not in the public domain. Others' thoughts? 

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  • Dr Alicia Stanway Thanks for your very interesting question on self plagiarism, a topic which is often overlooked. I am reminded of a paper by the late great Tracey Bretag and Saadia Mahmud from 2009 which also looked at self plagiarism by academics.

    My response would be to be guided by your institution's policies on self plagiarism, if they exist, but I'm hoping other forum members may be able to share more practical guidance with you?

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