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Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious issue in the American academic community.  New knowledge is built on previous ideas and knowledge, and credit must be given to those who ideas are being used.  Failure to do so and to present another's ideas as your own can result in serious consequences, including a lower or failing grade on an assignment or in a course, probation, suspension, or dismissal from the university.

  

Florida State University defines plagiarism as "presenting the work of another as one's own (i.e., without proper acknowledgement of the source)."

"Typical examples include: Using another's work from print, web, or other sources without acknowledging the source; quoting from a source without citation; using facts, figures, graphs, charts or information without acknowledgement of the source; utilizing ghostwriting or pay-for-paper services."

- FSU Academic Honor Policy

 

What is Plagiarism?

The FSU Academic Honor Policy defines plagiarism as "presenting the work of another as one's own (i.e., without proper acknowledgement of the source)."  

"Typical examples include: Using another's work from print, web, or other sources without acknowledging the source; quoting from a source without citation; using facts, figures, graphs, charts or information without acknowledgement of the source, utilizing ghostwriting or pay-for-paper services."

 

Plagiarism Includes:

  • Copying information from a source text without attribution.
  • Paraphrasing information from a source text without attribution.
  • Turning in a peer's work as your own.
  • Purchasing a paper from a commercial source.

- Wilhoit, S. (1994). Helping students avoid plagiarism. College Teaching, 42 (4), 161-164.

 

Consequences of Plagiarism

Plagiarism may result in the following:

  • Failing grade on an assignment or in a course
  • Suspension, dismissal or expulsion from the university
  • Degree rescinded
  • Damage to reputation
  • Financial losses
  • Loss of job
  • Negative reflection on individual or organization
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