What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the act of using another person's words or ideas without clearly acknowledging the source of the information that you have used. You can be guilty of plagiarizing even if you did not intend to copy someone else's work, but simply do not give clear credit when you use an idea, phrase or concept from another source.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:
Seem straight forward?? Well, in fact, there are many "shades" of plagiarism. Have you ever unwittingly (or wittingly!) committed these types of plagiarism?
Consequences for Plagiarizing
As described by the University of Texas (2011), Plagiarism affects 3 key areas:
Your individual professional and academic integrity. "While there are certain to be immediate consequences tied to accusations of plagiarism, such as failing a course, you're also devaluing your original work and bringing into question the legitimacy of your other accomplishments."
The academic integrity of your school and the value of your degree. "Widespread accusations of plagiarism at a [post-secondary institution] hurt the reputation of that school and its graduates and can affect the value of your degree from that institution in the marketplace when you're looking for a job after graduation."
Your future professional and personal integrity. "Plagiarized work you submit now can come back to haunt you. Additionally, once you've graduated and entered the workforce, there can be legal and long-lasting professional consequences for representing the work of others as your own in a situation where you're being financially compensated for that work."
At Okanagan College, every case of plagiarism is treated seriously with a range of possible consequences. These penalties depend on whether the offence is unintentional or intentional and whether it was a first or repeat offence.
Possible penalties for plagiarism include:
For the most severe or repeated cases, a student may be denied admission or re-admission or may forfeit Okanagan College financial aid. Students may also be suspended or dismissed from the College.
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