[Blueboard] Treatment of Plagiarism Cases in the Loyola Schools in Light of the Recent Supreme Court Decision

Cecil Bronoza-Dasal cdasal at ateneo.edu
Thu Nov 4 15:30:05 PHT 2010

4 November 2010

MEMO TO:	The Loyola Schools Community

FROM:	John Paul C. Vergara
	Vice President for the Loyola Schools

SUBJECT:	Treatment of Plagiarism Cases in the Loyola Schools
in Light of the Recent Supreme Court Decision

On October 12, 2010, the Supreme Court issued its decision on A.M.
No.10-7-17-SC (In the Matter of the Charges of Plagiarism, etc.
against Associate Justice Mariano C. Castillo), where it was indicated
that "plagiarism presupposes intent, and a deliberate, conscious
effort to steal another's work and pass it off as one's own". Since
this statement seems to contradict what has long been our
understanding of the essential nature of plagiarism, the Loyola
Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University is compelled to issue this
memorandum restating its policy and practices that relate to acts of

1. The Loyola Schools takes very seriously all cases of academic
dishonesty including acts of plagiarism.

2. As articulated in the Loyola Schools Code of Academic Integrity (A
Student Guide), the objective act of "plagiarism is identified not
through intent but through the act itself. The objective act of
falsely attributing to one's self what is not one's work, whether
intentional or out of neglect, is sufficient to conclude that
plagiarism has occured. Students who plead ignorance or appeal to lack
of malice are not excused.

3. Aspects pertaining to intent are considered during the
determination of the appropriate sanctions. The specific context of
the violation is studied to ensure that the sanctions are proportional
to the gravity of the offense, which incorporates awareness,
willfulness, and acknowledgement of wrongdoing, among others.

4. The foregoing Supreme Court decision notwithstanding, the Loyola
Schools' understanding and definition of what constitutes plagiarism
has not changed. Cases of plagiarism will continue to be handled in
the same manner, and with the same regard for due process, as
stipulated in the Student Handbook.

The Loyola Schools reiterates its position that academic honesty and
the acknowledgement of sources is not simply a matter of the correct
use of quotation marks, placement of footnotes, or acquisition of
permissions; it is a question of personal discipline and moral
character. The school's resolve on the stringent requirements in the
proper acknowledgement of sources goes to the heart of its mission in
forming persons for others-persons who value truth, respect,
gratitude, integrity and justice.

Thank you for your attention.

Ma. Cecilia Bronoza-Dasal
Office of the Vice President
Loyola Schools
Ateneo de Manila University
Tel No. 426-6001 local 5000

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