Leuven Uni clamps down on plagiarism

So far this year the university has checked twice as many documents for plagiarism as last year. Documents are screened at all departments, but scrutiny is greatest in English language courses.

Vice Rector Tine Baelmans says that more and more lecturers are enlisting the help of computer programmes to detect this form of fraud: "Lecturers are free to check for plagiarism. In 2008 we purchased the necessary software to screen documents. We've noticed that more and more lecturers are using the software. Last year 13,000 documents were screened. So far this year the figure is already 24,000 and that figure does not include dissertations from last year students."

Few students are found guilty of plagiarism, but if it does happen to you, you could lose all your points acquired during the entire academic year. Documents are screened at all departments, but scrutiny is greatest in English language courses.