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  • 1. Avoiding Academic Dishonesty
    Dr. Jenny Douglas and Dr. Jonathan Cumming,
    Office of Graduate Education & Life
  • 2. Intellectual Challenges in American Academic Writing
    Instructions may seem contradictory:
    Stolley and Brizee. 2011. The OWL at Purdue University.
  • 3. Avoid Plagiarism:Give credit where it’s due
    Words or ideas presented in writing or any other media
    Interviews of other people
    Use of exact words or phrases
    Reprints of diagrams, tables, or other visual materials
    Reuse of electronically available media
    Document any words, ideas, or other productions that originate outside of you
  • 4. Another Definition of Plagiarism
    • “When writers use material from other sources, they must acknowledge the source. Not doing so is called plagiarism, which means using without credit the ideas of another. You are therefore cautioned (1) against using, word for word, without acknowledgement, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, etc., from the printed or manuscript material of others; (2) against using with only slight changes the materials of another; and (3) against using the general plan, the main headings, or a rewritten form of someone else’s material. These cautions apply to the work of other students as well as to the published work of professional writers (Weiser 2011).”
    Stolley and Brizee. 2011. The OWL at Purdue University.
  • 5. Safe Practices to Avoid Plagiarism (1)
    Reading and Note-Taking
    When you read, take notes and MARK quotes and author
    Record your sources
    Note your own insights
    Writing Paraphrases
    “According to Douglas and Cumming (2010)…”
    Rely on your memory and re-write the text you recorded
    Check against the original text, sentence, and paragraph structure
    Direct Quotations
    Use source’s authors name in same sentence
    Quote as little text as is required
    Stolley and Brizee. 2011. The OWL at Purdue University.
  • 6. Safe Practices to Avoid Plagiarism (2)
    • Writing About an Author’s Ideas
    • 7. Note the name of the idea’s originator throughout the text
    • 8. There are several steps one can take to avoid plagiarism. These include paraphrasing, the “judicious use of quoted material,” and citing work appropriately (Stolley and Brizee 2011).
    • 9. Protect Your Intellectual Property
    • 10. Keep drafts of your work
    • 11. Keep drafts in different media
    • 12. Do not share your work freely
    • 13. Password protect your files
    • 14. Maintain and Present a Full “Works Cited” Section
    Stolley and Brizee. 2011. The OWL at Purdue University.
  • 15. Penalties for Academic Dishonesty
    Grade penalty for the assignment
    Failure of the assignment
    Failure of the course (the unforgivable F)
    Academic probation
    Academic suspension
    Dismissal from the institution
    Your department will decide on the processes and penalties for plagiarism
  • 16. GTAs should collect evidence of the dishonesty, such as a Turnitin report, a website that shows plagiarized material, or two identical assignments that students submitted. Then see the GTA Supervisor or Instructor of Record to discuss the next steps.
    Be sure to fill out this form as documentation of the incident.
    Sanctions include lowering the assignment grade, failing the assignment, or failing the course. Speak with the GTA Supervisor before you impose any sanction.
    Office of Student Conduct
    Contact the Office of Student Conduct with questions:304-293-8111.
  • 17.
  • 18. Resources
    The Office of Student Conduct,304-293-8111 (Purdue Online Writing Lab)
    The Writing Center at WVU,