Preventing Plagiarism

Copyright, Fair Use, and Proper Citation

What is plagiarism?

pla·gia·rism

noun \ˈplā-jə-ˌri-zəm also -jē-ə-\


: the act of using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to that person : the act of plagiarizing something


"Plagiarism." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2013. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarism>.


Consequences of Plagiarism for High School Students


Students in high school or college may plagiarize another’s work either:

  • unintentionally
  • Intentionally

Usually, the school sets the penalties for a student who is found to have plagiarized their work. In cases where the student plagiarized unintentionally through accident or misunderstanding, then the consequences may be largely up to the teacher. Perhaps the student will receive no credit for the assignment or will be warned about further consequences should the tendency to plagiarize continue.

When the plagiarism appears to be intentional, there may be a number of consequences. These include failing the assignment and having to redo it. Some students may not be able to recover their grade or may automatically fail a course. Some academic institutions will suspend a student for plagiarizing. In extreme cases where the student commits plagiarism on several occasions, they may be dismissed from the school (https://thelawdictionary.org/article/what-are-some-consequences-of-plagiarism/).

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