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What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using information from a source (including the Internet) and not giving credit to the source. It is knowingly representing the works or ideas of someone else as your own in your assignments and in the papers you write.

Avoiding Plagiarism checklist

Comply with designated editing styles such as the APA style or MLA style when doing your assignment or writing your paper*

List cited materials on the Works Cited, Reference, or Bibliography page of your paper or assignment*

Use quotation marks when using words from a source

Paraphrase adequately when using ideas from a source

* Please refer to the “Citing Print and Electronic Resources” link on the Reference web page.

Misericordia University's Academic Integrity Policy (as stated in the 2003-2004 Undergraduate Academic Catalog)

Academic Integrity

Any form of cheating or dishonesty, including plagiarism, is a fundamental violation of the nature and purpose of Misericordia University. Such behavior will not be tolerated and will result in academic penalty.

Plagiarism is using someone else's ideas or words and claiming them as one's own. Students who use another person's words must copy them accurately, enclose them in quotation marks, and identify the source clearly. If another person's ideas are used in a student paper, the source must still be identified, and the author of the ideas given credit. Students are responsible to make sure they are using sources properly and documenting them properly.

The primary responsibility for maintaining personal integrity and honor in academic activities rests with the student. Each faculty member will provide information on academic integrity to students in the course outline at the beginning of the semester, including any necessary explanation of violations (or a reference to this policy) and an explanation of possible sanctions. Such information will include possible infractions of academic integrity and the scope of sanctions, e.g., warning, lowering of grade on assignment or course, or course failure. Each faculty member will inform the student when that faculty member discovers that a violation of academic integrity has occurred, and may also notify the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Violations of the Academic Integrity Policy may also result in dismissal of the student from the program of study and/or the College. In a case where dismissal from the College is contemplated, the Vice President of Academic Affairs will consult with the student's advisor, program director, and division chair. In addition, prior notice to the student is required when either dismissal is being considered.

Students have the right to file a grievance, according to the normal academic grievance procedure, if they believe that they have been unfairly accused of a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.

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