Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 8(9), pp. 4056 - 4070
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080931
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Students' Knowledge of Plagiarism: Basis for SPUP Honor Code Framework

Bryan B. Echanique *
Research and Publications Office, St. Paul University Philippines, Philippines


The prevalence of plagiarism among college students has posed challenges to academic integrity in higher education institutions (HEIs) all over the world. Through mixed methods, this study determined students' level of knowledge of plagiarism along five areas to provide baseline data as basis for an intervention that would promote intellectual honesty. Participants consisted of 283 randomly selected undergraduate students. A validated survey questionnaire was used to gather the data, which were treated using descriptive-inferential statistics and thematic analysis. Results revealed that the participants had very high level of knowledge in terms of the basic concepts about plagiarism, the ways of detecting this form of intellectual theft, and the possible adverse consequences when one was caught plagiarizing. The students, however, had low level of knowledge of the subject in terms of its more technical aspects such as its different forms as well as accurate citation and documentation of sources. Moreover, sex had a significant main effect on students' knowledge of plagiarism in terms of its harmful consequences while department exerted a significant main effect along harmful consequences including citation and documentation. Furthermore, sex and type of senior high school (SHS) graduated from had a significant interaction effect along ways of detecting plagiarism and consequences of intellectual theft. Considering the findings, the researcher forwarded the establishment of the SPUP Honor Code that would provide the necessary structure for managing academic dishonesty especially plagiarism through educative, corrective, and restorative mechanisms towards promoting the principles and values of academic integrity.

Academic Dishonesty, Academic Integrity, Ethical Scholarship, Intellectual Honesty, Plagiarism

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Bryan B. Echanique , "Students' Knowledge of Plagiarism: Basis for SPUP Honor Code Framework," Universal Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 8, No. 9, pp. 4056 - 4070, 2020. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080931.

(b). APA Format:
Bryan B. Echanique (2020). Students' Knowledge of Plagiarism: Basis for SPUP Honor Code Framework. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 8(9), 4056 - 4070. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080931.