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Definitions of Plagiarism

Plagiarism:  Passing off someone else's work as your own, whether word for word or merely the creative ideas. This can amount to copyright infringement if permission has not been obtained from the copyright owner for use of the expressive elements of the work. Even if permission is granted, putting your name on someone else's work is still plagiarism and is unethical within artistic, scientific, academic and political communities.  NOLO.  Everybody's Legal Glossary.  July 7, 2005  < >

Plagiarize \-rized; -rizing [plagiary]: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (a created production) without crediting the source : to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source - - plagiarizer Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition, 1994.

Academic Honesty:  Students will be expected to maintain complete honesty and integrity in their experiences in the classroom.  Any student found guilty of dishonesty in academic work is subject to disciplinary action.

The college may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of any form of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Copying from another student's test paper or other academic work.

  • Using materials not authorized by the person giving the test.

  • Collaborating, without authority, with another student during an examination or in preparing academic work.

  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting, in whole or part, the contents of an un-administered test.

  • Substitution for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself, to take a test or prepare other academic work.

  • Bribing another person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test.

  • The appropriation of another's work without acknowledging the incorporation of another's work in one's own written work (plagiarism).


Plagiarism Resources
Definitions of Academic Dishonest
(Northwestern University>
International Center for Academic Integrity - (Educational resources)
Anti-plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers (VirtualSalt) "Plagiarism in Colleges in the U.S.A.: legal aspects of plagiarism, academic policy," by Ronald B. Standler
"Cut-and-Paste Plagiarism:
Preventing, Detecting and Tracking Online Plagiarism,"
by Lisa Hinchliffe
Avoiding Plagiarism: Help for Faculty
(College of St. Scholastica)
Understanding Plagiarism and Paraphrasing
(University of Virginia)
Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism
(Council of Writing Program Administrators)
Printable Handouts
Plagiarism 101
(Research resources -
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