IV. Academic Dishonesty

The previous section on citing references leads us to review the department’s policy regarding plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty.

Academic dishonesty whether cheating, plagiarism, or falsification will not be tolerated
. If you have any questions regarding plagiarism, please talk with your professor. If in doubt, please ask.

All academic work, written or otherwise, submitted by a student to his [her] instructor or other academic supervisor, is expected to be the result of his [her] own thought, research, or self-expression. In any case in which a student feels unsure about a question of plagiarism involving his [her] work, he [she] is obligated to consult his [her] instructor on the matter before submitting it.

When a student submits work purporting to be his [her] own, but which in any way borrows ideas, organization, wording, or anything else from another source without appropriate acknowledgment of the fact, the student is guilty of plagiarism.

Plagiarism includes reproducing someone else’s work, whether it be a published article, chapter of a book, a paper from a friend or some file, or whatever. Plagiarism also includes the practice of employing or allowing another person to alter or revise the work which a student submits as his [her] own, whoever that other person may be. Students may discuss assignments among themselves or with an instructor or tutor, but when the actual work is done, it must be done by the student and the student alone.

When a student’s assignment involves research in outside sources or information, he [she] must carefully acknowledge exactly what, where, and how he [she] has employed them. If he [she] uses words of someone else, he [she] must put quotation marks around the passage in question and add an appropriate indication of its origin. Making simple changes while leaving the organization, content, and phraseology intact is plagiaristic. However, nothing in these rules shall apply to those ideas which are so generally and freely circulated as to be part of the public domain.

Your professor will judge whether or not plagiarism has occurred based upon the written text submitted not the intent of the writer.

IF IN DOUBT, ASK
. Evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty will result in an "F" for that assignment or exam and will be reported to the administration as per college policy. A second infraction will result in an "F" for the course and will also be reported. In addition, the college may impose further disciplinary measures.