Sunny Bains's way forward in dealing with plagiarism cases offers a new slant on handling such offences (Opinion, February 16).
However, I find it a trifle naive that an academic department should decide on new punishments without first obtaining clearance from college authorities or at least checking whether the new punitive/lenient measures fall within existing guidelines - which far from "vague and open to interpretation" seem fairly straightforward. Surely to do otherwise, in an increasingly litigious age, is inviting challenge?
Institute of Education.
University of London
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