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Plagiarism is the act of taking the work of another and presenting it as one's own, without
acknowledgement of the original source.

There is not one set of rules for the acknowledgement of sources that is appropriate across all
disciplines. For this reason, students are always encouraged to consult their professors and
guidelines included in their syllabi. However, in general the appropriate acknowledgement of
sources involves meeting the following requirements:

Quotations and Paraphrasing
All direct quotations, even if mingled with original words and ideas, must be placed within
quotation marks and accompanied by a specific citation for the source of the quotation. Unless
the information is generally known, all phrases that are not original to the author - even two or
three words - must be placed in quotation marks and cited. If an existing idea is used but
paraphrased or summarized, both the original author's words and sentence structure must be
changed and a specific citation for the source must still be made. It is always the responsibility
of the student to provide precise sources for all ideas, information, or data he or she has
borrowed or adapted. Simply listing sources in a bibliography is not sufficient. Students who use
information from the World Wide Web are expected to follow these same guidelines for the
citation of sources.

Failure to cite sources properly constitutes academic dishonesty, whether the omission is
intentional or not.

Ideas and Data
All students are required to acknowledge the ideas of others. Every student is expected to do her
or his own work in the completion of an assignment or an examination unless either (a) the
sources for these ideas are explicitly cited, or (b) the instructor explicitly allows such
collaboration. In addition, a person giving unauthorized assistance to another on an
examination is just as guilty of cheating as the person who accepts or solicits such aid.

Submitting revisions of academic work previously submitted, either in the current course or in
previous courses, qualifies as academic dishonesty unless the student obtains the explicit
permission of all of the instructors involved.

All data sources must be cited accurately. It is dishonest to fabricate or alter research data
included in laboratory reports, projects, or other assignments.

A safe guide is to provide a full citation for every source consulted. Sources may include, but are
not limited to, published books, articles, reviews, Internet sites, archival material, visual images,
oral presentations, or personal correspondence. In addition, students should always keep
previous drafts of their work in order to provide documentation of their original work. Finally,
due to disciplinary differences, students should consult their professor, a librarian, and/or the
Center for Teaching and Learning for specific instructions on properly providing citations for


Procedures for Dealing with Dishonesty in Academic Work

If an instructor judges that a student has violated the College's policies on academic honesty, the

student may be charged with academic dishonesty and assigned an F either for the particular

examination, paper, report, or project, or for the course. The instructor shall notify the student

in writing of the charge and the penalty and shall include a statement of the circumstances

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