Definitions of Plagiarism
Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. Intentional plagiarism occurs when a student knowingly submits someone else’s words or ideas as if they were his/her own. Unintentional plagiarism occurs when writers and researchers use the words or ideas of others but fail to quote or give credit (perhaps because they don't know how). When in doubt, students must check with a teacher or librarian.
1) purchasing or copying work produced by others (homework, reports, take-home exams, tests, research papers, music, art, images, etc.)
2) direct copying (“cutting and pasting”) of selected sections (words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs) from another source without quotation marks and/or documentation.
3) paraphrasing, summarizing, or otherwise rewording another’s original work that is not common knowledge without documentation.
4) failing to document the use of charts, graphs, diagrams, statistics, or other materials not created or compiled by the student.
5) working together on an independent assignment and then submitting individual copies of the assignment as one’s own individual work.
6) fabricating data or in any way falsifying the results of an experiment or inquiry process.*Cheating: includes, but is not limited to, a student copying an assignment or test and submitting it as his/her own; allowing someone to copy an assignment or test and submit it as his/her own; unauthorized use of or communicating with notes, calculators, computers, textbooks, websites, cell phones, etc. during an exam or project; telling other students what is on a test or quiz or providing specific questions or answers before or after the test.
Consequences of Plagiarism:
We expect our students to understand what plagiarism is and to know how to avoid it. As a result, consequences will vary depending upon the extent of the plagiarism and the degree of intentionality:Taken from SCASD Student Handbook
Last Modified on January 25, 2023