What is Plagiarism?

The term plagiarism refers to any materials represented as the student’s own ideas which have been paraphrased or copied from another source, including online, without giving proper credit. It may also include citing information that cannot be traced to the document source. Learn the trade of writing—not the tricks of the trade. Learn how to research—not how to cut and paste.

Great importance is placed on original and creative work. Anything less is disappointing and unacceptable. Your ideas are your intellectual property; the ideas of others are theirs. The work of any individual, including you, is protected by copyright laws and ethical standards.

Some of the consequences to a student found plagiarizing:

  • Ask student to provide reference material
  • Change in class schedule
  • Lower academic grade
  • Lower citizenship grade
  • Notify coaches, club advisors, and administrators
  • Notify parent
  • Removal from class with no credit
  • Require an alternate assignment
  • Withdraw academic or personal references



  • think changing every third or fourth word makes your writing original
  • cut and paste and turn it in
  • think that because it’s on the Internet, it belongs to everyone


  • explore the Internet, books and resources, and make notes on the sources you have used and sites you have visited
  • find your own voice
  • understand that we all stand on the shoulders of others, so give them credit
  • learn how to cite sources, paraphrase, and summarize
  • hand in original work—even if it’s not perfect