Plagiarism Guidelines

Plagiarism (derived from Latin plagium, "theft of human beings") is the presentation of another's intellectual property or another's work as one's own or part of one's own work." (quoted on 15.09.2009 from, opens an external URL in a new window)

All written work (seminar papers, exercises, essays, protocols, journals, etc.) will be checked for plagiarism at our office.

A case of plagiarism exists if the student

  • collaborates with other students on work that is required as an individual performance.
  • delivers a work that is not his/her own (e.g. a work from other students, a purchased work from ghostwriters, etc.).
  • takes one or more text passages from a text without citing an appropriate source.
  • uses an (almost) identical paper as a credit for several courses.
  • uses Generative AI systems and does not document them as tools.

Plagiarism violates the rules of good scientific practice and is punishable by the following consequences:

  • All legal steps will be taken, up to and including expulsion from the program and revocation of title.
  • The student will be graded negatively in the course in which he/she presents plagiarism.
  • The student will not be considered for employment in the Department of Labor Science and Organization (student assistant, graduate assistant, etc.).
  • The student will not receive letters of recommendation from the Department of Labor Science and Organization.

If you are not sure how to write a scientific paper correctly, please read the Guidelines for the design of seminar papers and diploma theses (PDF), opens a file in a new window. In case of further uncertainties, please contact the respective course instructor.