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Plagiarism and Fraud

Last modified on 01-08-2022
The UvA deals forcefully with plagiarism. Students who have committed serious fraud may have their enrolment terminated and be no longer allowed to finish their study programme.
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Plagiarism check via Ouriginal

All of your assignments are checked for plagiarism by means of the Ouriginal program (formerly known as Urkund). The program compares your text with existing texts worldwide. This yields a percentage that indicates the extent to which the assignment handed in by you corresponds with existing work. The lecturer receives an overview of the results, which gives them an idea of how original your work is. 

Ouriginal can be used via Canvas. Read the manualExternal link to find out how to hand in your assignment and have it checked for plagiarism.

Protection of personal data

The intellectual property of your work is guaranteed. The files and related data are only stored for the purpose of running plagiarism checks and investigate possible cases of plagiarism. Ouriginal does not ever take ownership of documents. The Swedish company is contractually bound by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


As a student you regularly make use of materials from third parties. But are you allowed to just quote from the work of another person or use an image found on the internet for your thesis? The Copyright Act allows portions of a work to be used without the permission of the copyright holder, but only in accordance with certain rules. You can find more information on the page of the library.