31 Aug 2010

Judge reserves decision in plagiarism case

5:14 pm on 31 August 2010

A High Court judge has reserved his decision in a case involving plagiarism allegations against a former student at Victoria University's design school.

The plagiarism findings against Brittany Bell, upheld by the university's Disciplinary Appeals Committee, prevented her from graduating.

Ms Bell admitted that her work was influenced by other designers, but said she acknowledged those designers in the appendix and bibliography attached to her project.

However, a lawyer for Victoria University told the High Court in Wellington on Tuesday there were no such references on a series of panels she produced as part of her project.

The court was told senior students at the university are reminded several times during their course that the work of others is to be referenced.