Many schools, colleges, and universities publish guidelines for academic integrity. Christian colleges especially seek to support and promote academic honesty and personal integrity. Bible programs, in preparing students for kingdom service, should demand the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and morality. Academic dishonesty in any form is considered a serious offense. Knowingly assisting another student in dishonest behavior is equally serious.
Several definitions, descriptions, and examples of academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism appear on the linked pages below. In general, academic dishonesty may be defined as deceiving others about one's own work or the work of another.
Dr. Bruce Terry, Ohio Valley College, defines plagiarism as follows in his on-line syllabi: "Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's work as your own, whether you mean to or not . Copying or paraphrasing passages from another writer's work without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Translating passages from another writer's work in another language without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Copying another writer's work without putting the material in quotation marks is plagiarism, even if credit is given. Allowing another writer to write any part of your essay is plagiarism."
Plagiarism is a serious offense. In the real world, it is a serious crime. The maximum penalty in the academic arena is generally expulsion from a college or university.
Plagiarism is easy to avoid. Simply acknowledge the source of any words, phrases, or ideas that you use. If you're not sure how to quote or paraphrase a source or if you need help with the format of endnotes or bibliographies, check with a professor or reliable guide. While you can (and in fact should) seek the help and advice of friends, classmates, and tutors, be sure that your written work is completely your own. Be certain that you clearly understand the intention of the professor with regard to group work and group assignments.
Links to Related Websites Lest the student think such concerns are limited to this professor, links to other sites which address these subjects are provided here. These sites provide additional insights into various aspects of cheating and plagiarism.