UMB Found Violation of Academic Rules When Examining Rigorous Theses

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Banska Bystrica, January 11 (TASR) – The Special Commission of the Matej Bel University (UMB) Academic Senate created to investigate suspicions of plagiarism in rigorous theses at the UMB said on Friday that the pair of rigorous theses reported in the media “contain parts that are slightly modified in comparison with the source literature, however, most of them also show a high degree of accordance with the source literature, while the division into chapters and subchapters of original sources has been preserved in some places, TASR learnt on Friday from commission chairman Vladimir Janis.

“Both rigorous theses do not use only a short part of the source in the form of a quotation, and the quotes that can be found in the works are not created correctly, even as paraphrases. In the case of both rigorous works, the scope of the use of the sources exceeds the scope justified by the purpose of the quotation – both authors take over entire paragraphs or chapters from the sources used, without quoting or at least paraphrasing them correctly,” reads the statement.

In line with its mandate, the commission dealt with rigorous theses and proceedings at the UMB from 1999 to 2010, with a special focus on cases largely covered by the media.

“Based on the analysis of the selected sample we can state that in several cases we have identified at the Faculty of Law at UMB shortcomings we consider to be violations of academic rules,” added Janis.