Proper Documentation and Plagiarism

To plagiarize is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "to present as one's own an idea or product derived from an existing source." Even when the source is noted, concealed quotations or extended paraphrases that read as though the ideas were the student's own are considered instances of plagiarism. Every student should discuss the subject thoroughly with his or her adviser, and make every effort to avoid even the most unintentional appearance of undocumented borrowing of ideas. Plagiarism is an extremely serious offense in an academic community and the usual response of the Administrative Board of the College to cases of plagiarism is requirement to withdraw. For more information see Handbook for Students.