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Transcript of Academic Integrity
What is it?
What happens if...
[Classical Latin] Civil Law.
The crime of kidnapping (specifically of kidnapping children); root paga ("snare" or "net").
Plagiarism: “Copying the language, structure, ideas
and/or thoughts of another and adopting the same as one’s own original work.”
(ECU Student Handbook)
The obvious examples:
copying an entire paper
copying large sections of text
copying text with slight changes
The not so obvious examples:
building on someone's idea(s) without citing the source
using words too closely when paraphrasing
where credit is due
literary and intellectual theft
Ideas (quotes, paraphrased or summarized) presented in
Or when you copy...
You don't need to credit...
your own experiences
your own observations
your own opinions
generally accepted facts
What is common knowledge?
you can find it in general reference books
you can find it in at least 5 other credible sources
it is something that most people already know
If in doubt, cite it!
When you cite sources correctly, you also
show the amount of research you have completed
show respect to your academic community
show you have evidence to support your points
point readers to more information on the topic.
Golden rule: always make a note of where you get information.
Copying and pasting information into your course work as a substitute for your own thoughts is
Your professors are experts in their subject; they know the key texts and other resources available to support their subject.
Acceptable examples of common knowledge
Known time and date relating information (e.g. "There are 24 hours in a day.")
Well-known historical fact ("George Washington was the first US President .")
Geographic pieces of information easily verified by a nonspecialized map ("Portland is in Oregon.")
Plain sight observations that can be made from public property ("A tall spire sits on top of the Empire State Building.")
Obvious national associations ("Italian is the primary language of Italy.")
Mathematical or logical truisms ("1+1=2")
Universally-accepted everyday orders that are taught in early elementary school ("January comes before February in the Gregorian calendar")
Why do people do it?
1. They don’t know why it is important to cite their sources.
2. They lack confidence in their own ideas and writing abilities.
3. They cannot figure out how to respond to the writing assignment/task.
4. They have never used and/or are intimidated by handbooks that explain citation styles (MLA, APA, etc.).
5. They have procrastinated too long.
1. Faculty member notifies student in writing of suspected violation and requests a meeting.
2. Student responds to notification.
3. Initial meeting occurs.
4. Faculty member determines outcomes of the initial meeting...
(ECU Academic Integrity)
Plagiarism can result in a failing grade, course failure, expulsion... but it also results in you losing credibility with your academic community.
Get feedback early, often, and quickly.
ECU uses an online plagiarism portal called SafeAssign. Many professors will ask you to submit your paper electronically using this feature on Blackboard so they can detect any in-honorable material. This feature also catches repeated work throughout the university because, even though it may not seem as serious, stealing from peers is still plagiarism and is still illegal.
Past consultant Mallory Lee said, "The writing center is a fun place where we love to help people learn."
If you were to directly quote this it would look like:
"The writing center is a fun place where we love to help people learn about writing" (Lee, 2014, pg. 2).
If you were to paraphrase this quote it would look like:
The students who work at the University Writing Center enjoy helping students develop their writing skills and they try to have a good time while doing it (Lee, 2014).
University Writing Center