What is plagiarism? 

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.

All of the following are considered plagiarism (source):

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

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What is cheating? 

Cheating refers to any activity that gives a student an unfair academic advantage. It includes, but is not limited to, using unauthorized materials to complete an assignment; copying the work of another student, or representing another's work as one's own work; falsifying one's identity by having another person take an exam; unauthorized providing of materials or information to others during assignments or examinations. All communications, written, oral or otherwise, among students during examinations, are forbidden, as is the use of notes, books, calculators or other written material except when approved by the instructor.