Last updated on September 12th, 2021

PLAGIARISM

DEFINITION

The Oxford Concise Dictionary, 9 ed., (1995: 1043) defines plagiarism as ‘the act or instance of plagiarizing, something plagiarized.’ The dictionary then defines plagiarize as ‘take and use (the thoughts, writings, inventions, and so forth of another person) as one’s own; pass off the thoughts, and so forth of (another person) as one’s own.’

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated.

PROCEDURES

To aid in adhering to the University’s Plagiarism Policy (which can be found in the General Section of the Student Manual), the School of Arts and Sciences has adopted “The Three Pillars”:

  1. Honor Code
  2. Avoidance
  3. Detection

Students are instructed in protocols for the conduct of research and styles of referencing to ensure that every statement that is NOT the product of students’ original thought is appropriately and accurately cited. The University offers means by which faculty members might seek confirmation of suspicion that students’ work is plagiarized.

THE THREE PILLARS

  1. Honor Code: All new students are asked to sign an Honor Code upon admission to the University (this includes part-time students  as well). Integral to the Honor Code is a promise by the students that they will not engage in any act of plagiarism.
  2. Avoidance: Students will be taught correct citation in all ENGL Prefix courses, as well as in the course, “Introduction to University Life”. These classes will emphasize the following procedures:
  • Quotations must be placed properly within quotation marks and must be cited fully;
  • All paraphrased material must be acknowledged completely;
  • In instances where ideas or facts are derived from students’ reading and research, or from students’ own writings, the sources must be clearly indicated. The responsibility for learning the proper forms of citation lies with the student. Styles of writing are department-specific and will be covered by faculty in respective departments.

3. Detection: School of Arts and Sciences faculty members utilize a number of methods of ensuring that materials submitted are not plagiarized. These include the use of search engines, websites and software dedicated to identifying plagiarized work. Faculty members also act as blind markers and second markers for colleagues.

The School of Arts and Sciences faculty members utilize a number of methods of ensuring that materials submitted are not plagiarized. These include the use of search engines, websites, software dedicated to identifying plagiarized work. Faculty members also act as blind markers and second markers for colleagues.

PENALTIES

Transparent procedures will be followed where plagiarism is confirmed by the faculty member and verified by colleagues. Penalties are intended to protect the integrity of the work of students and faculty, and the good name of the University. Faculty members reserve the right to award a grade of “F” for confirmed plagiarism, in addition to referring the matter to the Office of Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action.

Plagiarism is a serious offense and will not be tolerated by St. George’s University..