MODULE 8: Writing, Style and Documentation, Plagiarism:
Section 4 of 5, PLAGIARISM, page 4 of 4.


Why the subject of plagiarism is important.

Being an accredited institution of higher education means that Troy University is required, both morally and legally, to ensure that those who are granted a degree have earned it. Maintaining high academic standards is necessary to preserve the integrity of the institution and its faculty, and the value of its degrees … including your degree.

From a technical standpoint, this is where plagiarism comes into play:

Writing a paper is one way in which a student demonstrates his or her knowledge of a subject.

Writing a paper displays the writer’s ability to perform research and to synthesize outside information with their own ideas.

The reader, the student’s instructor, needs to be able to quickly and easily differentiate the writer’s ideas, and manner of expressing them, from those of others. Plagiarism prevents this. Committed intentionally or not, plagiarism is academic dishonesty—it is cheating. Plagiarism allows a writer to earn credit where none is due, and this is a major offense.

Students! While plagiarism may not seem to be that big a deal, bear in mind that the faculty of a college are scholars—they make their living from their hard-earned knowledge, their research and publication, and their teaching. For them, to plagiarize is to jeopardize their reputations and their careers. Therefore, for them to allow students to plagiarize, cheat on exams, or otherwise commit acts of academic dishonesty, is unthinkable.



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