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Definition of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is using others' words without giving credit (citing the source).

This includes ideas, opinions, facts, statistics, paraphrases, and summaries, whether the original words were spoken or written, unless they are common knowledge (widely known and documented).

How to Avoid Plagiarism

Cite the source of any information that is not your own original idea or not common knowledge.

Use quotes for any phrases that come directly from text.


1st Offense:        Minimum - Refusal to accept the assignment/work

Maximum - Grade of - 0 - on the assignment/work and "U" grade in citizenship.

2nd Offense:       Defined as cheating (see cheating in Student Handbook )

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