We have discussed academic ethics with the students

Ombudswoman for Academic Ethics and Procedures, Dr. Loreta Tauginienė, and Senior Specialist (Senior Analyst), Dr. Eglė Ozolinčiūtė, met members of student research societies and other students from Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences, Siauliai University of Applied Sciences, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Panevezys University of Applied Sciences, and the Lithuanian Maritime Academy on the 23rd of September. During the meeting, the Ombudswoman presented the development of the academic ethics regulations in the course of the study process, legal and academic ethics violations determined in the course of the study process, and the guidelines of the Office relevant for the students. Dr. Eglė Ozolinčiūtė shared the easily accessible modes, how to avoid image plagiarism.

Archives of Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences; photo by M. Vaitiekutė

The students had a possibility to evaluate the text-matches and possibility of plagiarism. Besides, the attention was drawn to the risks and consequences of contract cheating. The students raised questions whether they can show own work as an example to the people studying in the same course, whether experts from business sector may be called to help with preparation of the final theses, whether the cases of violations may be made public, and they showed interest in supply of contract cheating services in Lithuania.

The teachers also took part in the meeting, they wanted to learn more about the methods that are worth to be applied to prevent academic dishonesty of the students.