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Plagiarism Tutorial

Incoming students are required to complete the plagiarism tutorial at https://www.indiana.edu/~istd/ Students will sign a statement that they have successfully completed this tutorial during their new student orientation meeting.

Self-plagiarism

Self-plagiarism is defined by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) as an author presenting their "previously published work as new scholarship (p. 16)." It is thus unethical for students to use work previously submitted to meet a course requirement (e.g., a course paper) to meet a course requirement in another course. Doing so will result in remediation procedures. Students are advised that self-plagiarism will be treated as plagiarism and that the same disciplinary procedures will be used as those implemented for plagiarism.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is an essential component of an academic community. Every student is responsible for fostering and maintaining a culture of academic honesty by committing to the academic values of honesty, integrity, responsibility, trust, respect for self and others, fairness, and justice. In addition, students are expected to abide by the code of ethics for their profession and the student code of conduct for the university.

Violations of academic integrity include cheating, plagiarism, or lying about academic matters. Plagiarism is defined as any use of another writer's words, concepts, or sequence of ideas without acknowledging that writer properly. This includes not only direct quotations of another writer's words, but also paraphrases or summaries of another writer's concepts or ideas without acknowledging the writer properly (i.e., citing them). Cheating includes behaviors such as giving or receiving data or information under any circumstances not permitted by the instructor. Lying about academic matters includes falsification of data or information as part of an academic exercise, or knowingly providing false information to a faculty member.

Students who have plagiarized an assignment or otherwise cheated in their academic work or examination may expect an "F" for the assignment in question or"F" for the course, at the instructor's discretion. All incidents of cheating or plagiarism, reported by the instructor, will follow the Student Remediation Process as described in the departmental Graduate Student Handbook. Please note: The University uses web-based products to detect plagiarism.

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