Plagiarism and Cheating

College work requires students to study and build upon the ideas of others. Students may derive information from such sources as books, periodicals, lectures, electronic media, artistic performances, or even informal conversation. Submitting someone else’s work as your own, using the language or ideas found in a source without proper documentation, or the improper use of another’s artistic, musical, or other creative work constitutes plagiarism.

Whether accidental or intentional, plagiarism is always a serious violation of academic integrity and may result in negative sanctions such as receiving a failing grade on the assignment or in the course, or suspension/dismissal from the College. In written work, students must clearly distinguish their own ideas from those of their sources by accurately documenting any borrowed ideas, whether the ideas are quoted (copied word-for-word and enclosed in quotation marks) or summarized (restated by the student in her own words).

All students are expected to follow the academic conventions (MLA/APA) for citing sources. Handbooks are available in the College Library and the College Bookstore. The convention used is determined by the discipline and/or instructor.

A student who needs help in using sources should consult her instructors before submitting assignments or submitting work for publication.

Cheating in any form is also a serious violation of academic integrity and may result in negative sanctions such as receiving a failing grade on the specific learning activity (e.g., assignment or examination) or for the course, or suspension/dismissal from the College. Cheating includes but is not limited to: copying the work of another student or allowing another to copy your work; submitting work done by another as your own or knowingly providing information or a learning product to another person who submits it as her own; and using or helping another student to use restricted aids to enhance performance in completion of an examination or other learning activity.