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Plagiarism defined

Plagiarism is the presentation of another person’s written words or ideas as one’s own. Students are guilty of plagiarism if they submit as their own work:

  • part or all of a written assignment copied from another person’s manuscript or notes
  • part or all of an assignment copied or paraphrased from a source, such as a book, magazine, pamphlet or electronic document, without giving proper documentation
  • a paper purchased from any vendor
  • reusing or modifying a previously submitted paper for a present assignment without obtaining prior permission from the instructors involved
  • the sequence of ideas, arrangement of material, pattern of thought of someone else, even though it is expressed in the student’s own words; plagiarism occurs when such a sequence of ideas is transferred from a source to a paper without the processes of digestion, integration and reorganization in the writer’s mind, and without acknowledgement in the paper.

Students are guilty of being accomplices to plagiarism if they:

  • allow their paper, in outline or finished form, to be copied and submitted as the work of another
  • prepare a written assignment for another student and allow it to be submitted as that student’s own work
  • keep or contribute to a file of papers with the clear intent that those papers will be copied or submitted as work of anyone other than the author; students who know their work is being copied are presumed to consent to its being copied.
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