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Plagiarism Prevention Module

Plagiarism Defined

Plagiarism is one of the issues in the Code of Academic Integrity covered in the Upstate Code of Student Conduct

The Code of Student Conduct defines plagiarism as:

using others' words or ideas without consistent, correctly formatted acknowledgement. This includes sources the student knows personally (friends, other students, relatives, etc.) as well as all text, Internet, and other sources. 


Students are required to properly acknowledge sources as follows: students may not present as their own ideas, opinions, images, figures, languages or concepts of another, including those of other students. Students must acknowledge all sources such as magazines, journals, Internet sites, records, tapes, films and interviews.

Implication: Though deliberate plagiarism is punished more harshly, intentionality is not necessarily a criterion for committing plagiarism. Whether you intend to plagiarize or not, if you use someone else’s work without acknowledging this through an appropriate citation, you are essentially stealing their work, breaking the Upstate Code of Student Conduct, and violating the principles of academic integrity.

Sanctions of Academic Integrity violations include, but are not limited to:

  • expulsion
  • indefinite or definite suspension
  • reprimand
  • "X" assigned for the final grade
  • "F" assigned for the course
  • "0" assigned for the assignment, test or paper
  • reduction in final course grade
  • additional assignments from the professor
  • completions of plagiarism workshop
  • letter of apology to the Faculty member