• Academic Dishonesty Policy and Penalty

    Definition of Plagiarism:

    Copying or imitating the language, ideas, and/or thoughts or another writer and passing the work as one’s own original work. Plagiarism is cheating: if you do it, there is a price to pay.

    Copying or Borrowing Assignments

    • Copying or rephrasing another student’s work;
    • Lending your assignment to another student; and
    • Having someone else rephrase an assignment (not merely proofread it).

    Use of Critical Materials

    • Direct copying of student aids (e.g. Spark Notes, Cliff Notes, student aids from the internet, etc.) or critical works in part or in whole without acknowledgements;
    • Indirect reproduction of student aids, critical sources, or reference materials by rephrasing ideas borrowed from them; and
    • Direct quotations from secondary sources must be properly acknowledged and identified on the Works Cited page.

    Cheating on Assessments

    • Use of “cheat-sheets” or electronic devices to look up answers on assessments; and
    • Giving someone a copy of the questions or answers to an assessment.


    • A mark of zero will be given for the assignment;
    • If collusion is found between students, all parties involved will receive a mark of zero on the assignment; and
    • A discipline referral will be sent to the front office for further punishment at the discretion of the administrators.