COS Plagiarism Policy
Adopted by the COS Academic Senate, December 1999.
Plagiarism is an act of theft
committed by a writer who is stealing someone else’s words or ideas. Plagiarism
is an act of dishonesty. Whether
intentionally or unintentionally, a writer is misrepresenting someone else's
words or ideas as his or her own.
- Intentional plagiarism exists when
a student lists sources that he or she has not used; when a student copies from
a source but fails to cite it, thereby misrepresenting the original source's
ideas as his or her own; when a student copies material from another student's
work without giving that other student credit; when a student buys or borrows a
whole paper or portions of a paper from another student or from the World Wide
Web; when a student copies another artist's music or work of art and tries to
submit it as his or her own.
(These examples are not inclusive of every form of plagiarism
possible and should not be considered as such.)
- Unintentional plagiarism, which is
also punishable, may exist when a student attempts to paraphrase or summarize a
source but copies too much from the source instead of re-writing the ideas in
his or her own words; when a student inadvertently fails to include a
parenthetical reference to a source, although the source is listed among the
citations at the end of the paper; when a student fails to put quotation marks
around quoted material; when a student relies too heavily on external sources,
thus expressing few or none of his or her own ideas.
discretion of the instructor, a student who plagiarizes, whether intentionally
or unintentionally, may experience any of the following consequences:
- The student will fail the assignment.
- The student will be required to rewrite the assignment.
- The student will fail the course.
- The student will be reported to the Vice President,
Student Services/Research, for disciplinary action.
If the student
is reported to the Vice President, Student Services/Research, for disciplinary
action, the Vice President will review the report and begin formal disciplinary
actions according to the College's policies on student misconduct.