Plagiarism can be deliberate or the result of carelessness. Individual colleges have unique policies for addressing plagiarism. Some colleges, for example, expel students after their first offense; others place an “FF” on the student’s transcript, creating a permanent blemish on the student’s academic record.

What exactly is "plagiarism"?

  1. The theft of someone else’s words
  2. The theft of someone else’s ideas
  3. The failure to properly cite someone’s ideas, either directly or in a paraphrase.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is synonymous with cheating. Cheating can refer to a situation in which authors ask others to write a part of a document or the entire document.

Cheating is a national epidemic. Outside the classroom, our culture is facing serious moral challenges. In the last few years, the world markets have nearly collapsed under what seems like wave after wave of unethical behavior.

Students are guilty of academic dishonesty when they

  1. Secretly arrange to have an entire document written for them by other individuals and then submit the ghost-written material to their instructor.
  2. Copy all or part of passages from a work written by others without properly attributing sources.
  3. Receive unacknowledged assistance from others.
  4. Submit the same paper to multiple courses (without permission).

Learn more in this video

Building Good References

Referencing helps you to avoid plagiarism by pointing out which ideas are your own
and which are someone else's.

Learn About Referencing