What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the verbatim or partly verbatim copying or imitation of the language, ideas, or thoughts of another
author and representing them as one’s own original work. Such a course of  action not only contradicts a good
scientific praxis, but is also a form of an intellectual larceny, thereby infringing the ethics of copyright.

(Resolution by the Union of German Higher Education adopted on 17th July 2002)


Procedures in case of Plagiarism

If the author of a term paper is proven to have plagiarised in the form as described above, then the paper should be evaluated as failed. In this case the student concerned has failed to acquire the required evidence of academic achievement. Rewriting the paper (for the same seminar) will no longer be possible.


As from winter semester 2005/06 the following declaration should be attached to every term paper. Download

For a final thesis the form of the examination office (Prüfungsamt) has to be used. Download