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Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is a serious offense punishable by possible expulsion from the program. Students must be sure to avoid any hint of this offense. The SIU Plagiarism Committee (2007) defined plagiarism as “presenting existing work as one’s own”. See HERE.

Any ideas, language or visual design taken from another source, including one’s own work, must be fully acknowledged unless the information is common knowledge. What is considered ‘common knowledge’ may differ from subject to subject.

To avoid plagiarizing, one must not adopt or reproduce material from existing work without acknowledging the original source. Existing work includes but is not limited to ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures.

Examples of plagiarism, subject to interpretation, include, but are not limited to:

  1. directly quoting another’s actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. using another’s ideas, opinions, or theories; paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  3. borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; and
  4. offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

See the School of Education website HERE for further details and to obtain the full report of SIU plagiarism policies.