The basic principles of academic ethics are not among the topics in which each university or its component should develop specific criteria and procedures. This is partly because problems with their observance at one institution strongly threaten the reputation of the entire higher education system. It is therefore desirable that the most important Czech universities unify their criteria for assessing plagiarism and the rules of academic ethics in connection with internationally common practice. The project team therefore came to the following shared definition of plagiarism, which it presents for discussion:
Plagiarism is defined as the use (of ideas, content, or structure) of another work without properly referring to the source to gain some advantage where the original work is expected.
This definition is set in a broader context in the methodological materials prepared by the project team in the form of a handbook for academics and a handbook for students. Both manuals were published by Karolinum in Czech and English and are free to download.