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SIUE Plagiarism Policy

"The University recognizes plagiarism as a serious academic offense. Plagiarism, the act of representing the work of another as one's own, may take two forms. It may consist of copying, paraphrasing or otherwise using the written or oral work of another without acknowledging the source, or it may consist of presenting oral or written course work prepared by another as one's own.

Normally a student who plagiarizes shall receive a grade of E [F EFFECTIVE FALL 2001] in the course in which the act occurs. The offense shall also be reported to the Provost. In addition, any graduate student who has been found to have committed an act of plagiarism may be dropped from his or her graduate degree program by his or her department. A student who is reported a second time shall be suspended from the University for a period of not less than one term. Should a student who has been suspended for plagiarism be readmitted and be again found guilty of the offense, he/she shall be permanently expelled from the University.

This policy statement shall appear in the University catalogs and course announcements, shall be called to the attention of advisers, shall be explained during the program of new student orientation, and shall be published in the Alestle at least once during the beginning of each fall term.

The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is charged with administrative responsibility for handling complaints, allegations, or grievances against students concerning plagiarism, according to the Student Academic Code (Policy 3C2). "

Plagiarism Basics

Plagiarism is presenting the words or ideas of someone else as your own without proper acknowledgment of the source. If you do not credit the author, you are committing plagiarism.

When you are conducting research you will probably find supporting material from works written by others in books, articles, etc.. It is okay to use the ideas of other people, but you do need to correctly credit the source. When you quote people -- or even when you summarize or paraphrase information found in books, articles, or from Internet sites -- you must acknowledge the original author. It is plagiarism when you:

  1. buy or use a term paper written by someone else.
  2. cut and paste passages from the Internet, a book, or an article and insert them into your paper without citing them.
  3. use the words or ideas of another person without citing them.
  4. paraphrase that person's words without citing them.
Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism
  1. Use your own ideas. The focus of the paper should be based on your own ideas.
  2. Use the ideas of others sparingly--as support or reinforcement of your own ideas.
  3. When taking notes, include complete citation information for each item you use.
  4. Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words.
  5. A good strategy is to take time and write a short draft of your paper without using any notes. This will assist you in focusing on the content of your paper and help prevent your being too dependent upon your sources.
Plagiarism Resources and Bibliography
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