What is PLAGIARISM?
The most basic definition of plagiarism is taking the ideas, words, or works of another person and presenting them as your own, either through copying or improper citation.
In today's academic environment, there are many ways to commit plagiarism. You could buy, borrow, or steal a paper; copy large sections of text from a book; or fail to cite your sources.
One very important point about plagiarism is that it's not always an act you MEANT to do. Sometimes you plagiarize without knowing it!
We can say that plagiarism is either . . .
Regardless, you can still get in trouble for plagiarism!
PLAGIARISM IS A BIG DEAL!
In high school, you can receive failing grades for assignments if you plagiarize. In college, you can be expelled from your school if you plagiarize multiple times.
As I strive to pursue excellence at The Meadows School,
I will treat my school, teachers, and classmates with honor and respect.
I will respect others’ intellectual and physical property.
I will not give or receive unauthorized assistance for any assignment or assessment.
I will not copy assignments from others, nor allow others to copy my work.
I will ask my teachers questions to clarify what is required.
On all of my work, my name affirms my honor.
Angela Klausner, Librarian at Montgomery Bell Academy