Department plagiarism policy
Students should be familiar with the discussion of academic dishonesty in section 4 of the Student Code of Conduct, which explains some types of academic dishonesty and the penalities for it. Besides the types of academic dishonesty listed there, the Department regards as cases of academic dishonesty:
  • submitting a paper to satisfy course requirements which has been submitted in another course here or elsewhere, without permission from the instructor.
  • quoting words from another person without properly acknowleging the source and placing them in quotation marks or block quote format. Students sometimes inadvertantly plagiarize because of the way they take notes.

Any instructor who discovers that a Philosophy graduate student has engaged in academic dishonesty must report it in writing to the Graduate Advisor, and give a copy of that report to the student. That report becomes part of the student s permanent record. Instructors may require that this report be sealed, and opened only if a second incident is reported to the Graduate Advisor, or with the instructor s permission. Students who dispute a faculty member s or committee s claim that they have engaged in academic dishonesty may appeal it, using the procedure established in the Student Code of Conduct, or (where the procedure isn t applicable) to the Graduate Committee.

Academic dishonesty can have serious consequences. Besides penalities for the course for which the work was done, academic dishonesty may result in a student s losing financial aid, being placed on probation, or being dismissed from the program. Decisions about programmatic sanctions are made by the Graduate Committee, and may be appealed by the student to the entire Department.

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