8: Writing, Style and Documentation,
Section 4 of 5, PLAGIARISM, page 3 of 4.
Three quick points
Plagiarism is always a form of academic dishonesty and is never acceptable. In part, Troy University Standards of Conduct state, "A student or organization may be disciplined, up to and including suspension and expulsion, if deemed in violation of the STANDARDS OF CONDUCT for the commission of or the attempt to commit any of the following offenses: 1. Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism..."
The issue at the heart of plagiarism is that the writer should take credit only for his or her own work, both in terms of ideas and the manner in which they are presented. Plagiarism is plagiarism whether it is done intentionally or not. If the material comes across as the writer's, but it isn't, it is plagiarism; that is why it is so important to develop good research and writing skills; skills that not only promote good scholarship, but that also help reduce the occurrence of plagiarism.
The document A Student Guide to Plagiarism, linked earlier in this module, provides detailed coverage of the topic of plagiarism, and includes a list of twenty ways for students to avoid plagiarizing.
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