The University of Sydney is facing fresh accusations of plagiarism after the publication of a report on the University’s research and teaching.
The report, which was commissioned by the Faculty of Science, found that a senior research fellow at the university had plagiarised parts of the study from a recent academic journal article.
It also accused the university of failing to provide adequate support to students who may have encountered plagiarism during their studies.
An independent inquiry has also been launched into the matter, which will look at whether the university is providing sufficient support for students.
Read moreThe university confirmed it had commissioned the report, but said it would not comment on its findings until a final report is published.
“The University of NSW takes all allegations of plagiarised work seriously and, as part of its ongoing response to the report of its independent inquiry into the plagiarism allegations, will not be able to comment on the findings until it has completed its report,” the university said in a statement to News24.
Professor Michael Chua said he had been contacted by a number of students, staff and academic advisers about the report and the university’s response.
They were all appalled by the way it was published, and were shocked by the degree to which it was being repeated by the University, he said.
Chua said the university needed to develop a “much more robust process” to deal with plagiarism complaints, and had started a formal investigation into the issue.
Students, who had been advised not to comment, are also calling for an independent review into the University.
In a statement, the university also said it had taken steps to ensure that it had “robust and independent” processes for handling complaints of plagiarisation.
Its research and faculty members have a “responsibility to ensure they are fully aware of and meet the requirements of the university”.
“In addition, we will be looking at our processes in the future,” it said.
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