What is it?
Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s words, information, or ideas
that person credit
Why is it wrong?
Plagiarism is fraud, since the plagiarist gets credit for someone else’s work.
That work may be the ideas or the particular way they are expressed. Plagiarism is dishonest. It
is equivalent to stealing. Also, plagiarism makes it impossible to evaluate what the plagiarist
knows or understands, since he or she is simply passing on someone else’s material.
Do not plagiarize.
If I detect what I consider to be intentional plagiarism in any assignment, the assignment will
receive reduced or, usually, zero credit. Severe or repeated plagiarism from any source,
including classmates, is grounds for an “F” in the course. I have failed students for plagiarism.
New policy as of May 2005: I am now required to notify the University of plagiarism and other
forms of cheating. The University checks for repeat offenders. If I report plagiarism or cheating
and it is not the first time, the University may impose sanctions, including probation,
suspension, or expulsion, even if I do not choose to pursue it formally.
The University policy is online at http://www.sonoma.edu/uaffairs/policies/cheatingpolicy.htm
Uh-oh. What is it, again?
Copying words, information, or ideas from books, course readings, web pages, prepared lecture
notes, another student’s work, television, film, what someone tells you in a interview, or any
without giving credit
is plagiarism. If two students turn in work with identical