Rector as a person obliged to notify the suspicion of committing plagiarism (considerations on the subject of disciplinary responsibility of students)

Czasopismo Prawa Karnego i Nauk Penalnych Rok XXII: 2018, numer 2
Journal of Criminal Law and Penal Studies Volume XXII: 2018, No. 2

Jolanta Kajfasz - Vth year student, Jagiellonian University

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Rector, student, disciplinary responsibility, plagiarism


For the commission of plagiarism, the student may incur not only criminal but also a disciplinary responsibility. The Law on Higher Education introduced the Rector’s duty to notify law enforcement bodies about the possibility of committing a crime such as plagiarism. In practice, however, plagiarism is understood much more broadly than on the basis of the Polish Act on Copyright and Related Rights. Therefore, the legislator – by introducing the obligation referred to in Article 214 § 6 of the Law on Higher Education – imposed on the Rector duties that are not proportional to the committed disciplinary offense.