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Policy Regarding Plagurism

Plagiarism is an extremely serious ethical offense.  Any suspected instances will be reviewed by the Graduate Advisory Committee, the Department Chair, the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and appropriate University officials.  This review can lead to suspension or expulsion from the University.  According to University policy, academic transcripts issued during periods of suspension or expulsion will be accompanied by a letter from the registrar indicating that the student is currently suspended or expelled from the University for disciplinary reasons.  Ignorance of the policy regarding plagiarism will not be considered as a defense for violations.

Plagiarism is defined and explained by the following statement, which is adapted from

"Students are sometimes uncertain about what constitutes misuse of another person's expressed ideas. This statement is designed to explain the limits normally used to define plagiarism.

  1. Plagiarism is literary theft, intentional or unintentional. It is the use of a unique idea or phrase that does not originate with the user, without proper acknowledgment of the source.
  2. In written papers, due credit to the original source of major or unique ideas (i.e., ideas that you could not and did not arrive at by yourself) must be given in the form of footnotes or clear citation at the proper places in the paper itself. These precise indications of source must be given whether the material is paraphrased or quoted directly. An appended bibliography without specific in-text references is insufficient acknowledgment.
  3. Quotation marks must enclose all direct quotations even though the quoted material is no more than occasional phrases interspersed with original observations.
  4. Illegitimate use of written material, such as the submission of prior answers from past students or the obtaining of information from other students while an examination is in progress [also] constitutes plagiarism."