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Plagiarism - 1I6

The University recognizes plagiarism as a serious academic offense. Plagiarism is presenting another existing work, original ideas, or creative expressions as one's own without proper attribution. Any ideas or materials taken from another source, including one's own work, must be fully acknowledged unless the information is common knowledge. What is considered "common knowledge" may differ from subject to subject. To avoid plagiarizing, one must not adopt or reproduce material from existing work without acknowledging the original source. Existing work includes but is not limited to ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures. Examples of plagiarism, subject to interpretation, include but are not limited to directly quoting another's actual words, whether oral or written; using another's ideas, opinions, or theories; paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written; borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; and offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

Allegations of student plagiarism shall be handled in accordance with this policy except in cases when the allegations are directly related to a student's participation in an externally-funded project from a sponsor, such as the Public Health Service (PHS), that requires following the research misconduct procedure outlined in Policy 1Q5.

Normally a student who plagiarizes within a course shall receive a grade of F [E prior to Fall 2001] in the course in which the act occurs.

A plagiarism offense shall 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 and may be dropped by the Graduate School. 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).

Approved by President effective 7/18/19
This policy was issued on September 5, 2019, replacing the July 12, 2011 version.
Document Reference: 1I6
Origin: CC 2-79/80; OP 11/5/90; OP 4/10/91; OC 3/10/04; GR 1-03/04; WC 3-08/09; GR 18/19-10

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