I often find that some students do not know what plagiarism really is. * The standard definition of plagiarism is “The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own” (see Google; search “Define: Plagiarism.” * Dictionary.com defines plagiarism as “the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work.”
Plagiarism is not acceptable on a paper or on an exam. Do not cut and paste your answers from the internet.
There are two things you should notice about plagiarism. First, plagiarism is about ideas not just words (see first definition), and second, plagiarism can occur through “close imitation” (see second definition). That means, student must document sources of * words * ideas * imitation / similarity. And, there are serious consequences of not documenting sources. Students can fail an assignment, a course, or even be dismissed from school for plagiarism. To read the KCTCS policy in its entirety, please visit http://www.kctcs.edu/en/students/admissions/academic_policies/~/media/System_Office/Academics/StudentCode2010.ashx.
Here are the consequences for plagiarism in this course. All essay assignments must be submitted electronically via Blackboard’s Safe Assignment Function. According to Blackboard, “Safe Assign checks all submitted papers against the following databases: Internet – comprehensive index of documents available for public access on the Internet; ProQuest ABI/Inform database with over 1,100 publication titles and about 2.6 million articles from ’90s to present time, updated weekly (exclusive access); Institutional document archives containing all papers submitted to SafeAssign by users in their respective institutions; and Global Reference Database containing papers that were volunteered by students from Blackboard client institutions to help prevent cross-institutional plagiarism.” A report of originality is then generated and sent to the instructor. Essays not submitted via Safe Assign will receive zeros (0). Students who plagiarize more than 40% of an essay assignment (defined with a 41% or more match on Safe Assign without correct documentation) will receive a failing grade on that assignment. Students who plagiarize 40% or less of an assignment (for a ―first offense!) will be required to revise the paper and resubmit it within one week of notification. If the revised essay has less than a 10% match / plagiarized material, the final grade will be penalized 10% (a letter grade, making the paper ineligible for an A grade). If the revision has more than a 10% match / plagiarized material, the paper will be penalized 20% (two letter grades, making “C” the highest grade possible—though not probable). Second or subsequent offenses will automatically receive zero (0) points on a plagiarized assignment. Repeated plagiarism will result in failure of the course.
Resources for Plagiarism * http://library.camden.rutgers.edu/EducationalModule/Plagiarism/ * http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/ * http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml