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The V7 group and the Slovak academy of sciences condemn the playing down of plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of parasitism on the academic system. Representatives of the Association of Research and Technology-oriented Universities of the Slovak Republic (the V7 Group) and the President of the Slovak Academy of Sciences have distanced themselves from condoning any form of plagiarism and have condemned the statements made by the Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, Boris Kollár, who has tried to play down the problem of plagiarism.


25. 06. 2020 12.35 hod.
By: CU Public Relations Office

The claim that every student cuts corners to make their studies easier is an insult to the thousands of students who are currently defending their honestly written theses at our universities. It also belittles the work of thesis supervisors who try to guide their students in the gradual learning of the basic principles of science, the work of reviewers who spend hours studying students’ theses and writing reports. and the work of committees that comprehensively assess students’ ability.

An academic degree should not be some adornment which politicians or businesspeople use to increase their social status. It should be the result of honest research. It should be a declaration of determination to dedicate one’s life to disciplined thinking. It should be a sign of willingness to distinguish empirically verifiable facts from half-truths, hoaxes, and conspiracy theories.

Plagiarism is as old as academia itself, and it also occurs at the world’s best universities. The best way to minimize plagiarism is to consistently and patiently explain the principles of academic work. At the same time, we need to take an uncompromising approach and enforce academic ethics, even at the level of seminar papers. We need to guide students so that the writing of theses is not seen as just a formality.

The V7 Group and the Slovak Academy of Sciences hereby declare their commitment to further improving internal processes in order to prevent plagiarism. We also call on those politicians who have committed plagiarism not to play down this problem and to appropriately accept responsibility for their actions and face the consequences.

Signatories:

  • Miroslav Fikar, Rector of the Slovak University of Technology
  • Klaudia Halászová, Rector of the Slovak University of Agriculture
  • Jozef Jandačka, Rector of the University of Žilina
  • Stanislav Kmeť, Rector of the Technical University of Košice
  • Jana Mojžišová, Rector of the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Pavol Sovák, Rector of Pavol Jozef Šafárik University
  • Pavol Šajgalík, President of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • Marek Števček, Rector of Comenius University

 

The Association of Research and Technology-oriented Universities of the Slovak Republic (the V7 Group) consists of Comenius University in Bratislava, the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, the Technical University of Košice, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, the University of Žilina, the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, and the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice. The members of the V7 Group have agreed on coordination and joint action in promoting support for science, research, and innovation in the Slovak and European research areas.