You commit plagiarism if you:
- Turn in a paper to be graded that you have not written on your own.
- Copy answers from another classmate and turn it in as your own.
- Quote or paraphrase from another paper without crediting the original author.
- Use information in any kind of paper or project (for ANY subject – not just ELA).
- Use someone else’s idea and call it your own (or let others think it was your idea).
- Make up references (information sources) or list references that you haven’t used.
- Turn in someone else’s work with only small changes.
***Copying more than THREE CONSECUTIVE WORDS without paraphrasing (putting in your own words) is considered plagiarism***
This is not an all-inclusive list – any action which misleads or implies that someone else’s work is your own – can be plagiarism.
Consequences for Those Who Plagiarize
Category I: Graded Assignments
- 1st offense: Warning with maximum 75% credit on alternate test/assignment/lab/essay for all parties involved. For example, if the original assignment is being graded on 100% and the student earned 100% the student’s grade would be 75%.
Parent called by teacher and documentation sent to administrator.
- 2nd Offense: 0% credit – All parties involved will receive a grade of zero or zero credit for the assignment.
Parent called by teacher and a conference held with guidance counselor, teacher, parent and student.
- 3rd Offense: Administrative involvement.
Category II: Homework: Consequences are left to the teacher’s discretion.
Students will be given the chance to discuss any violation with their teacher and/or guidance counselor for both Category I and II offenses.