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Academic Writing: Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty. According to the American River College Guide to Student Rights and Responsibilities:

Plagiarism is representing the work of another person as one's own work and submitting it to fulfill the academic requirements of the course. Examples:

  • Submitting a written paper purchased or obtained from an outside source.
  • Representing another's creation (painting, photo, music composition, computer program, etc.) as your own product and work.
  • Incorporating words, passages, ideas of another person's writing without citing appropriate credit or acknowledgement and representing it as your own.
  • Duplicating any previous academic work from another and then submitting them as your own for academic credit. (see page 5)

Consequences of academic dishonesty
Academic sanctions and penalties may be applied in cases of academic dishonesty depending on the seriousness of the infraction and those grading guidelines specified by the instructor of the class. You may:

  • Receive a failing grade on a test, paper, or examination.
  • Have your course grade lowered or possibly fail the course. (see page 6)