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Edit based on subsequent info by the OP... This has to be raised with the relevant department / committee / Dean so that it can be addressed in a manner they see fit. They could demand changes, or they could leave all alone. If you don't report this, then if the Master's thesis gets published first YOU will be accused of plagiarism... So you have to ...


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How serious is plagiarism in a master's thesis? In a word - very. If someone knowingly copies verbatim three chapters off of another thesis (within a group or not), this is cause for severe disciplinary action. You have graduated, but this puts you in a bad position as well - if you published your thesis after them, then your work will appear to be ...


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The other answers are correct. This has to be reported. Doing so both protects yourself from accusations of plagiarism and protects the value of your degree. An institution that allows academic fraud quickly gets "a reputation." Other answers have suggested that wholesale copying means that the plagiarist had access to an electronic copy, and that's ...


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This is a quite generic question, so there is no real answer to it. You need to look at it from the course perspective as well as from the Open Source license perspective. There are different Open Source licences available, but most of these should allow you to use them for creating derivative work. This might mean Open Sourcing your solution also though (...


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I would assume that the lecturer wants you to write the code yourself; copying and pasting from an existing piece of code (no matter the licence and how you reference it) does not demonstrate that you have learnt the skills the lecturer is trying to teach you. That being said, using existing code to point you in the right direction would probably not be a ...


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If you are paraphrasing everything then a single citation is enough, but provide a hint, at least, about where that section ends. If you want to use direct quotes make it obvious that you are quoting using some textual hints (quote marks are only one way). It might be necessary to note that your quotes of definitions, etc, come from the original work. It ...


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You overthought. I would just let it go and submit the letter as is. Most of the recommendation letters for PhD admission should be blinded to the applicants. You can apparently see the letter in your case, which actually is a bigger concern than the letter's originality.


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