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Statement on Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty within the Department of History and Political Science

Both the History major and the Political Science major require formal writing projects. Students are required to produce and submit their original work in all classes. The department has developed a procedure to address plagiarism that complements the university policy on plagiarism.

DEFINITION: Plagiarism, or academic dishonesty, is the act of taking credit for work done by another. It includes the following actions:

  • "cutting and pasting" material found on the Internet, that is, taking chunks of content off of a Web page without citation;
  • using material prepared by others, such as papers and assignments, and handing them in as if they were the student's own;
  • taking direct quotations from any source—not just printed—without putting the words cited between quotation marks (" ") and providing citations; and
  • rephrasing material from another source and then failing to mention the source in a footnote/endnote and/or a "works cited" page.

Sources can include books, any content on a website, articles from magazines or journals, television or radio programming, oral interviews, lectures, written projects, or any material illustrated on poster board. In other words, if you use any content created by another, you must acknowledge it.

Academic dishonesty also includes cheating on examinations, quizzes, or any in-class assignment. Cheating is defined by the instructor.

PENALTY: For the first offense, the student will receive a "0" on the assignment. In addition, a letter will be written to the student informing them of this, and a copy of the letter will be sent to the student's advisor. If the student violates the policy a second time, the student will fail the course, and another letter will be written to the student and copied to the student's advisor, department chair, and dean. The two offenses can be in different classes (One offense in one course and one in another course equal two offenses).

For the third offense, the student will be referred to the Academic Standards and Credits Committee (university policy under Student Conduct).

RESPONSIBILITIES OF INSTRUCTOR AND OF THE STUDENT: It will be the responsibility of the instructor to explain this policy clearly. The instructor also will provide written examples of appropriate citation to current students, will be available to discuss this policy with any student who is unclear about it, and will enforce it fairly. Students are responsible for following this policy and contacting the instructor as soon as they have any questions. Students have a right to appeal before a committee composed of faculty members in the Department of History and Political Science.