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Die Feststellung von Wissenschaftsplagiaten im Verwaltungsverfahren

Hochschulrechtliche Probleme und wissenschaftspolitischer Handlungsbedarf

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Plagiarism is a serious infringement of common standards of good scientific practice. To plagiarize in a doctoral or post-doctoral thesis will regularly initiate academic procedures to withdraw the respective graduation. Nonetheless, to prove plagiarism might be difficult. First, the revocation of an academic qualification affords, at least in principle, (contingent) intent of fraud. As intent is a subjective (internal) element of the offence, sufficient evidence has to be based on objective (external) facts that indicate a psychological will, e.g. a coherent pattern or system of plagiarism that cannot just be coincidence. Second, the legal rules are incoherent, incomplete, and often of questionable legislative quality. Procedures are laid down in various academic by-laws, which differ in detail within each faculty. Usually, there are no specific rules on evidence or methods of investigation. This essay analyzes the existing material and procedural rules in academic and state legislation. It clarifies that the applicable norms of general administrative law provide a sufficient basis for investigating and sanctioning plagiarism. Finally, the essay discusses some proposals for a reform of the current academic law with regard to doctoral degrees and habilitation.
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Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2013

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  • Seit 1968. Wissenschaftsrecht (WissR) möchte Praktikern der Universitätsverwaltung, Rechtsanwälten, Richtern, Parlamentariern und Wissenschaftlern helfen, die rechtlichen und organisatorischen Probleme moderner Forschung und Lehre im Universitätsbereich besser zu verstehen. WissR bietet Analysen und Bewertungen von bestehenden Rechtsnormen, von Reformvorschlägen und von ausgewählten Gerichtsurteilen. Die Zeitschrift enthält wichtige Materialien, die sonst kaum zugänglich sind, und berichtet über die Rechtsprechung zu allen behandelten Themen. WissR erscheint vierteljährlich.

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