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Understanding Plagiarism

Plagiarism Defined


transitive senses : to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without crediting the source

intransitive senses : to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online 

Plagiarism at F&M

According to the Academic Honesty portion of the college catalog: 

Plagiarism is considered academic misconduct.  Examples of plagiarism: 

  • claiming authorship of a piece of writing or artwork created by someone else
  • making use of ideas obtained from other sources (including classmates) without clearly acknowledging the source
  • incorporating verbatim passages or elements from an existing work into one’s own work without quotation marks or otherwise clear indication of authorship.

"When a faculty member suspects that a student is responsible for academic misconduct, the faculty member will refer the case to the Office of the Dean of the College for referral to the Student Conduct Committee or administrative action."

"If the student is found to be responsible for academic misconduct, a disciplinary sanction ranging from a warning to expulsion will be assigned.  The faculty member will decide upon a grading penalty up to a failing grade in the course. After receiving a sanction, the student may not elect the Pass/No Pass option in that course without the permission of the Dean of Students.  In the case of a student who has already chosen the Pass/No Pass option, the Registrar will rescind that option unless the Dean of Students permits it to remain.  If assigned an F in the course as a result of the academic misconduct, the student cannot withdraw from the course without the permission of the faculty member."

Understanding Plagiarism

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