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Library Lessons: Plagiarism & How to Avoid It

Plagiarism - Definition


The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.

Oxford English Dictionary

1. Plagiarism - Word Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin plagiarius ‘kidnapper’ (from plagium ‘a kidnapping’, from Greek plagion) + -ism.

Oxford English Dictionary

Academic Integrity Policies

Academic Integrity Policies from Post Secondary Institutions

CAPU - Academic Integrity

SFU   - Avoiding Plagiarism

UBC  - Avoiding Plagiarism

UBC  - Plagiarism Fail Degree

Academic Dishonesty - Cheating or Plagiarism

Sutherland Code of Conduct

Staff who suspect students of cheating on assessments or handing in assignments dcompleted by other individuals without appropriate acknowledgement, or of otherwise being academically dishonest, will inform the grade administrator and the incident will be investigated. 

p. 24 - Agenda Book

2. Consequences for Academic Dishonesty - Cheating or Plagiarism at Sutherland

Potential Consequences for 1st INCIDENCE of Academic Dishonesty:

  • not being given credit for the test or assignment (receiving 0 credit)
  • other classroom level consequences may be designated by the classroom teacher
  • grade counsellor and parent/guardian contact
  • conduct entry on student information system
  • other teachers of student made aware of student  behaviour

A subsequent incident in any course could result in:

  • all of the above consequences
  • a letter in the student's permanent file
  • A failing grade and/or removal from the course
  • deemed ineligible for recognition, awards, and/or scholarships
  • declined requests for reference letters

p. 25 - Agenda Book

3. Google Search

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EBSCO Research Databases

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