Liberal Arts and Sciences Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism and Cheating

Plagiarism, or any type of cheating, will not be condoned.  Both involve presenting others’ work as your own, whether it be through copying a test, bringing in notes for an exam, or handing in papers either written by others or copied from sources, written or spoken, which are not acknowledged in the text.


Definition of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s ideas or words and passing them off as one’s own.  The word comes from the Latin plagiarius, meaning kidnapping.  In an academic context, plagiarism is intellectual thievery.  It is unethical and intolerable.  This means that even if only three or four words in succession are taken from another text, they must be placed within quotation marks and properly documented.  It also means that if the source is paraphrased, i.e. the ideas are rewritten; the original source must be given credit.  Using another student’s paper is plagiarism.  Allowing another student to hand in a paper you wrote is condoning plagiarism and will be dealt with in the same manner as plagiarism and cheating.


Penalties and Process

  1. Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty will report all instances of plagiarism and other forms of cheating, along with any evidence, to the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  This evidence will be placed in the student’s file.
  2. The faculty member has the option of imposing a number of penalties, including failing the student for the course and/or recommending the student be dismissed from the College.  The faculty member may also require that the student see the Dean.
  3. Should the Dean discover that a student has cheated and/or plagiarized more than once, he/she will send the student’s name to the appropriate division Dean (should the student not be an LAS major) and to the Faculty-Student Judicial Board with the recommendation that the student be dismissed from the College.