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Columbia: Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

•  Claiming that you are the author of someone else's work

•  Copying sentences, phrases, or paragraphs exactly as they appear in the original source

•  Copying sentences and putting them in a different order

•  Copying sentences and replacing words with synonyms

•  Copying sentences and adding a few of your own


Paraphrasing is Plagiarism

Just Because You Put It In Your Own Words… features Lehman students in a skit about plagiarism—with a cameo appearance by an omniscient librarian with some timely advice.

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Plagiarism Tutorial from Vaughn Memorial Library

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10 Most Common Types of Plagiarism

Each of the 10 most common types of plagiarism are defined below. The types are ranked in order of severity of intent.

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Fortis College Standards of Student Professional Conduct-Academic Integrity

All incidences of academic dishonesty and violations of academic integrity will be disciplined.  Such acts cannot be listed exhaustively but examples include:

  • Cheating
  • Plagiarism-submission of the work of another person for credit, or failure to properly cite references for any work which is not original to the student; copying the work of others, allowign another student to copy from the student
  • Unauthorized use of notes or materials in exams, including talking to other students
  • Forging or altering assignments
  • Un-permitted collaboration, giving or receiving aid on a take home exam, or other acadmic assignment under circumstances in which a reasonable person should have known that such aid was not permitted
  • Allowing others to copy or use work that is not his or her own
  • Providing answers from graded assignments to other

Fortis College, 2015-2016 College Catalog. 1(1) p. 42


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