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Plagiarism and Copyright : Plagiarism

Intended for students and faculty, this guide gives a brief overview of both plagiarism and copyright.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism can take many different forms, all of of which are outlined in CUNY’s Academic Integrity Policy

  • Copying another person’s actual words or images without the use of quotation marks and footnotes attributing the words to their source.

  • Presenting another person’s ideas or theories in your own words without acknowledging the source.

  • Failing to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignments.

  • Internet plagiarism, including submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers, paraphrasing or copying information from the internet without citing the source, or “cutting & pasting” from various sources without proper attribution. 

What are the effects of plagiarism?

It’s important to understand how committing plagiarism can negatively affect your educational career here at Kingsborough. At the very least, you will fail the assignment, but this isn’t always where things end; you could fail the entire class, be placed on disciplinary leave, and in some cases, be expelled from the College. A more detailed, step-by-step guide to what you can expect if you’ve been accused of plagiarism can be found here.

Can I appeal an accusation of plagiarism?

Yes. During the initial investigation phase, you will be able to tell your side of the story. Furthermore, if you continue to reject the findings of the Dean of Students, your case will be brought before the Faculty-Student Disciplinary Committee. The judgment of this committee is final and binding.

What role do librarians play in educating students on plagiarism?

As the members of faculty most familiar with the College's collection of various scholarly items, librarians are able to disseminate information about plagiarism and its negative side effects to the wider College community in a way that addresses the practical research concerns of our students. Detailed explanations of what plagiarism is and isn't, tips and tricks on how to avoid plagiarism, proper citation methods–all of these can be provided by librarians. In that spirit, linked here is an already existing guide to citations.