Alumnae Library
Anthony Fonseca
Library Director




Alumnae Library
Michael Smith


Learn About Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as "presenting someone else's work . . . as one's own."


How to Recognize Plagiarism

Definition of Plagiarism (2005, September). Retrieved May 1, 2009, from Indiana University Bloomington, School of Education Website.

How to Recognize Plagiarism - Indiana University in Bloomington
Have a look at the Tests on this site to learn more about what constitutes plagiarism, and how to avoid it (permission to use granted).

The Cite is Right
Video game by Rutgers University, Paul Robeson Library (Permission to use granted).


Academic Honesty Policy 

Communication of knowledge and a free exchange of ideas, two essential aspects of a college community, require a fundamental standard of honesty. Students and faculty must be able to expect that thought and work presented for classes are the properties of the person claiming credit for them.


To safeguard these principles, it is important to clarify the rules and procedures regarding academic honesty:

1. Students must refrain from all forms of academic dishonesty, including cheating on quizzes and examinations, abetting others in cheating, appropriating other students' work, and plagiarizing written assignments."Plagiarism: the use of outside source(s) without proper acknowledgement. Quotations: Any quotation, however small, must be placed in quotation marks or clearly indented and must be accompanied by a precise indication of the source. Paraphrasing: Any material which is paraphrased must be specifically acknowledged in a footnote or in the text. A thorough rewording or rearrangement of an author's text does not relieve one of this responsibility." Source: Napolitano v. Princeton Univ., 453 A.2nd 279 (N.J. Super. Ch. Div. 1982).

2. Faculty who find students in clear violation of the policy on academic dishonesty shall determine the appropriate response, which may include failure on the assignment or failure in the course.

3. Faculty shall report incidents of academic dishonesty, including copies of any documentation, and the action taken in response to them, in writing, to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Faculty shall inform the student that the notification has been sent to the Vice President of Academic Affairs .

4. The Vice President of Academic Affairs can elect to pursue further action up to and including dismissal from the college. The Vice President will inform the student in writing that notification has been received, that it is confidential, and that the student has the right to question the charge.

5. "Students who believe they are unjustly accused or punished for academic honesty violations may pursue the matter through the grievance procedure" (Student Handbook, pg. 14).