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Academic Integrity: Plagiarism

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Academic Misconduct

Academic integrity is highly valued at NSCC and is essential to students as both learners and as potential members of their chosen occupations. “Academic integrity means that all College students, employees and applicants will conduct themselves in an honest and trustworthy manner in all aspects of their academic career” (NSCC, 2015, p. 1).

Examples of Academic Misconduct include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Copying the work of another person for any Evaluation and/or Assessment; 
  • Permitting or assisting another Student to copy work for any Evaluation and/or Assessment;
  • Taking a test or participating in any Evaluation and/or Assessment for and in the place of another Student;
  • Having another Student take a test or participate in any Evaluation and/or Assessment on your behalf;
  • Obtaining a copy of or answers to an Evaluation and/or Assessment in an unauthorized way, for example, from a Student who has taken the Evaluation and/or Assessment;
  • Providing Evaluation and/or Assessment questions or answers to a Student in advance of the Evaluation and/or Assessment, except where permission has been provided by the appropriate NSCC Employees member;
  • Giving answers to a Student in advance of an Evaluation and/or Assessment for the purpose of providing that Student with an unfair advantage;
  • Doing work for another Student or having another Student do one’s own work;
  • Falsifying Evaluation and/or Assessment documents and/or results for the purpose of having the changing a grade;
  • Falsifying anything on an Evaluation and/or Assessment;
  • Damaging the work of another Student;
  • Attempting to influence a person to alter a grade through inappropriate means;
  • Forgery, alteration or unauthorized possession of College documents or electronic resources;
  • Using or consulting any unauthorized source or materials during an Evaluation and/or Assessment;
  • Using one’s own work for more than one class without disclosure and/or permission;
  • Collaborating on work that is assigned to be done independently;
  • Offering work for sale with the expectation that other Students will use it to meet academic requirements on behalf of themselves or a third party;
  • Impersonating another Student or Employees member for any purpose relating to completion of course requirements;
  • Requesting special consideration based on false statements for the purpose of obtaining an advantage in relation to the completion of course requirements;
  • Submitting any falsified or altered documents either for the purpose of gaining access or admission to any NSCC course or program or in completion of any course requirements;
  • Interfering with another Student’s ability to access resources;
  • Plagiarism; and
  • Helping or supporting anyone in their efforts at Academic Dishonesty, Plagiarism, etc. (NSCC, 2015, p.2)

NSCC defines plagiarism as "presenting, in any format, someone else’s ideas, presentations, writing, artistic work, or creations, whether verbal, print, structural, design or electronic, in whole or in part, as one’s own, by failing to credit the source. Plagiarism can occur through carelessness or intentionally" (2015, p.2).

How Not to Plagiarize

 (Bainbridge State College, 2010)

Permission to use this video was granted by Bainbridge State College

Academic integrity is highly valued at the College and is essential to students as both learners and as potential members of their chosen occupations. Practicing integrity in our academic work should not stop when we leave NSCC. It is essential that we continue to demonstrate this fundamental value in our professional lives. 

Below are some cases of plagiarism that have significantly impacted the careers and futures of those involved.

Below are some tips for avoiding plagiarism:

  • Talk to a librarian! They are there to help you with your research and any citation questions you may have
  • If you are unsure of whether or not to cite a source, err on the side of caution and cite it
  • Take the time to learn how to properly paraphrase, summarize, and quote
  • When taking notes, always write down the complete bibliographic information and always quote directly. This way there won't be any confusion about where your sources came from, what was directly quoted, and what was paraphrased
  • If you are having problems narrowing down your topic or if you need additional guidance, make an appointment with your instructor. Being confused by, or not understanding a concept is not an academic offense. Plagiarism and cheating are. Faculty members prefer that students talk to them
  • A low or failing grade is always preferable to a permanent academic offense on a transcript
  • Remember that you are responsible for your own learning     

This page is reproduced with permission from University of Alberta Libraries, 2014.

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