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Plagiarism: Plagiarize Pla"gia*rize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plagiarized; p. pr. & vb. n. Plagiarizing.] To steal or to take for oneself, the writings of another; to appropriate without due acknowledgment (the ideas or expressions of another).

What it's all about? Plagiarism is taking ideas or writings from another person and offering them as original ideas. Plagiarism has always been considered inappropriate. It is important that students learn to give credit where credit is due and not to pass off anyone else's work as their own.

What can be included? In all academic areas, it is imperative that work be original or that explicit acknowledgment be given for the use of another person's ideas or language. In a term paper, for example, failure to use quotation marks, even if a footnote source is provided, is plagiarism. Consult with your instructors regarding specific standards or procedures appropriate in each given field.

Breaches of academic honesty will result in disciplinary measures. These can include: A failing grade for a particular assignment A failing grade for a particular course Suspension for various lengths of time or permanent expulsion Cheating Cheating involves dishonest behavior, such as copying from another person or getting any form of unauthorized help from a person or source. There is no such thing as the innocent submission of someone else's work. Students should be aware that a charge of plagiarism, if proven, could result in an automatic expulsion.

Internet When people are engaged in web surfing it is very easy to become focused on the ideas and forget to note the sources of those ideas. Backtracking to the source can be very difficult. Students must understand this difficulty and develop an efficient approach to keep track of and properly cite their sources.