Avoiding Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

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Plagiarism is an act to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were one's own words or ideas. Plagiarism is frowned upon by society because the act not only affects the victim, but also the culprit in more ways than one. The culprit will lose their code of conduct and trust. Plagiarism affects the rules outlining the rights and responsibilities for an individual including ethical, honor and moral codes, as well as halachic and religious laws. To ensure that plagiarism will not be tolerated, almost all institutions incorporate academic integrity. In this research paper, I am going to describe three universities' principles on academic integrity and the consequences of plagiarism. Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas defines plagiarism as "the appropriation, theft, purchase, or obtaining by any means another's work, and unacknowledged submission or incorporation of of that work as one's own offered for credit. Appropriation includes the quoting or paraphrasing of another's work without giving credit for", according to the Texas Christian University's student handbook. To summarize this, Texas Christian University considers plagiarism as using another's work without unacknowledgment for credit. The policies and procedures for the students of Texas Christian University states that "Each student is expected to be fully acquainted with all published policies, rules, and regulations of the University and will be held responsible for compliance with them." Texas Christian University's policies on plagiarism and cheating results in some form of discipline, such as grade reductions or even expulsion from class or even campus. The course of action for the misconduct of plagiarism is up to the professor and staff of... ... middle of paper ... ...ty of Central Oklahoma. The University of Central Oklahoma Chambers Library, 14 Feb. 2014. Web. 6 Mar. 2014. "Federal Copyright Laws." UCO: Central's Office of Information Technology. UCO Office of Student Affairs, 29 Nov. 2012. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. Harrison, Ammie E. "Copyright and Plagiarism | TCU Library." Copyright and Plagiarism | TCU Library. TCU Library, 23 Jan. 2013. Web. 6 Mar. 2014. "Nine Things You Should Already Know About Plagiarism." Academic Integrity | OU. E Office of the Provost, the Office of Academic Integrity Programs, and the Integrity Council, with Special Thanks to the First-Year Composition Program, Department of English., 28 Sept. 2010. Web. 6 Mar. 2014. "Plagiarism." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 6 Mar. 2014. "TCU Official Student Handbook 2013-2014." Texas Christian University. Student Affairs TCU, 1 Nov. 2013. Web. 6 Mar. 2014.
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