Academic Honesty

Plagiarism is the representation of someone else’s ideas, quotations, or research as your own. It is a form of theft. Examples of plagiarism: buying a paper written by someone else, quoting or summarizing an author’s argument without correctly citing them, using ideas found on websites for your assignments without correctly citing them, “borrowing” a classmate’s ideas for your own, writing without attribution, and using your own papers for more than one class without explicit consent of all instructors. PLAGIARISM IS NOT TOLERATED AND WILL CONSTITUTE AN IMMEDIATE FAILURE OF THE ASSIGNMENT AND POSSIBLY THE COURSE. Instances of plagiarism and/or cheating will be reported to the University Disciplinary Committee at my discretion.

All assignments must enclose directly quoted material inside quotation marks, include in-text parenthetical citations for all material drawn from another source (including direct quotations, summaries, and paraphrased material), and include a works cited list. All citations must be formatted in APA (American Psychological Association) style.

As outlined in the Temple University’s Code of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities:

Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another person’s labor, another person’s ideas, another person’s words, another person’s assistance. Normally, all work done for courses — papers, examinations, homework exercises, laboratory reports, oral presentations — is expected to be the individual effort of the student presenting the work. Any assistance must be reported to the instructor. If the work has entailed consulting other resources — journals, books, or other media — these resources must be cited in a manner appropriate to the course. It is the instructor’s responsibility to indicate the appropriate manner of citation. Everything used from other sources — suggestions for organization of ideas, ideas themselves, or actual language — must be cited. Failure to cite borrowed material constitutes plagiarism. Undocumented use of materials from the World Wide Web is plagiarism.

The penalty for academic dishonesty can vary from receiving a reprimand and a failing grade for a particular assignment, to a failing grade in the course, to suspension or expulsion from the university. The penalty varies with the nature of the offense, the individual instructor, the department, and the school or college.

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