What is the definition of Plagiarism?
- To steal and pass off the ideas or words from another person’s work as your own without crediting the source.
- To commit intellectual theft, which is presenting work as a new and original idea or product that comes from an existing source.
What does Plagiarism look like?
- Cheating, copying the work of other person, or turning in another’s paper, project, assignment, etc., as your own.
- Using another’s words or ideas without proper citation.
- Rearranging or changing a few of the author’s/website’s words and presenting it as your own work and NOT:
- using quotation marks
- citing the source.
- Having someone else write your paper, program, or project,
- by including asking friends or family
- paying someone
- using a paper writing service
- taking information word-for-word off the internet without proper citation.
How do I avoid Plagiarism? (Citing Works and Footnoting)
- If you are unsure, ask your teacher for help.
- Develop your own thoughts, ideas, interpretations, and conclusions.
- Anytime you use someone else’s ideas, language, evidence, etc.,CITE IT. Either as an in-text/footnote citation and/or in your Works Cited page.
- What is Plagiarism? – Georgetown University
- Plagiarism in Academic Writing: How to Identify and Avoid It – Stanford
What are the consequences for Plagiarizing?
West Seattle High School Plagiarism Policy
D-245 Plagiarism Sanctions
(Aligned with SPS Practices and Procedures for District Offenses Within a Positive School Climate, approved 2014-15)
1st Offense :
- Parent/guardian will be contacted and the policy reviewed with parent/guardian and student.
- Completion of the original assignment (e.g. re-writes paper, makes-up test, re-does project, etc.)
- The student must complete the assignment on his or her own time (in or out of class, or under supervision) based on teacher/administrator discretion.
- At the discretion of the teacher students may be required to complete an alternative assignment of their own original work for the purpose of accurately assessing the student’s knowledge/skills.
- The assignment will be marked “incomplete” until this step is complete.
- Plagiarized assignments that are not completed may result in student receiving an incomplete and/or no credit in the course.
2nd Offense :
- All sanctions for 1st offense apply plus the following:
- Parent/guardian conference with student, teacher(s), counselor and other stakeholders to discuss causes/issues and determine interventions (e.g. attendance at MASH, tutoring, etc.).
- Student must complete restorative sanctions, (e.g. research of university and/or other applicable policies, completion of restorative justice process, community service, written apologies, etc.) at the discretion of teacher, administrator, and/or restorative justice process.
3rd Offense :
- Sanctions for 1st and 2nd offenses may apply at the discretion of teacher/administrator plus the following:
- Student’s grade in the course becomes “incomplete” and parent/guardian conference with student is immediately scheduled to discuss student participation in the course.
- Student participation in extra-curricular activities and athletic eligibility may be revoked at the discretion of the administration and/or restorative justice process.