Plagiarism

From the Scripps’ Guide to Student Life

5.21 Plagiarism

Definition: “Plagiarize: to take [ideas, writing, etc.] from [another] and pass them off as one’s own” (Webster’s New World Dictionary, 1990, p. 449). If one is in doubt about acknowledging a source, consult an instructor. One should err, if at all, on the side of generosity toward a source. Having received the System of Responsibility and Code of Conduct, students are assumed to understand what constitutes cheating and plagiarism. Students who did not receive or lost these materials shall request them. Additionally, any doubts or uncertainty should be handled in advance of submitting a paper, project, test, etc. Plagiarism includes:

  1. Quoting the exact words of one’s source without putting them in quotation marks and naming the source in the text or in an endnote or footnote. Or, when paraphrasing a source, failing to acknowledge one’s source. The exception is for ordinary factual data that is regarded as common property.
  2. Acquisition of a term paper or other assignments from any source and the subsequent presentation of those materials as the student’s own work. Submitting another student’s papers, assignments, or exams as one’s own.
  3. The submission of material subjected to editorial revision by another person that results in substantive changes in content or changes that will materially and positively alter the grade.