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NSG 330: Professional Issues and Trends

What is Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of plagiarizing.

transitive verbto steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own use (another's production) without crediting the source

intransitive verbto commit literary theft present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

Source: "Definition of plagiarize" -


Le Moyne's Policy on Plagiarism

From the Le Moyne College Catalog:

"Plagiarism—Plagiarism is the attempt to fulfill an academic requirement by using the ideas, words or work of another person and representing them as one’s own. Academic conventions dictate that students and scholars must acknowledge the source of phrases and ideas that are not their own. Many ideas and phrases are so familiar that they have become the common property of all; these obviously require no documentation. However, the use
of ideas or phrases that are clearly original with another author requires that the appropriate credit be given to the original author.

Plagiarism undermines that basic relationship of trust that must exist between teacher and student and among students for the educational process to work. For this reason, penalties for plagiarism range from failure on the assignment to expulsion from the College. For details regarding plagiarism, consult a Writing 101 manual or the library reference desk.

Assisting Cheating or Plagiarism––A student who knowingly assists another student in cheating or plagiarism is subject to the same rules and penalties.

Derived Work––Derived work is work containing material (even if modified) that has been previously submitted to fulfill the requirements of another course. Submission of derived work is allowed only with prior approval by the instructor, who may impose additional requirements (e.g., full disclosure in a citation). The penalties for unapproved submission of derived work range from failure on the assignment to expulsion from the College."


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