Plagiarism question...please help me!

Reply Wed 9 Oct, 2013 01:12 pm
I work for a training provider. One of my colleagues (A) did a course externally and stole another colleague's (B) assignments and passed them off as her own. B has now found out about this and threatened to go to the awarding body who have issued the qualification.
Where do I stand with this 'legally' as their manager? There is obviously going to be some bad feeling in the office and as a training provider ourselves, I don't feel I can brush it under the carpet in case our own policies come under scrutiny as we also deliver qualifications through the same awarding body.

I'm in the UK if anyone can help. Thank you!
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Reply Wed 9 Oct, 2013 02:19 pm
I've no idea where you stand legally but if ethics and the reputation of your business mean anything to you then clearly you should support B and get rid of A. You don't need someone of such poor character on your team and they will be a poor investment long term.
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 06:17 am
I'm not sure I understand this situation. As I see it, you and your colleagues - A and B - all work for the same outfit (let's call it XYZ Corp.). If that's the case, then the product doesn't belong to A or B, it belongs to XYZ Corp. It doesn't make much sense to me to have A going around saying that the materials are hers. They're not, but then they're not B's materials either.

As such, this isn't so much a matter of plagiarism as it is a matter of A claiming credit for something that she didn't do. That's a problem, but that's an internal personnel problem for XYZ Corp. Customers shouldn't have any concerns about that. In fact, B might be the bigger problem - threatening to take an internal matter to external authorities is a possible PR disaster. That can't be allowed to happen. Sounds to me like A is a jerk and B is a loose cannon. Both need to be reined in.
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