“Padding” bibliographies (reporting more sources than actually consulted)
Turning in a paper you have written for another class (using one paper, even edited, for different assignments)
Presenting other people’s ideas as your own (not just their exact words)
Not properly citing sources - even if unintentional.
Using more ideas from other people than your own - even if cited (not enough original thought)
Working with other students on homework, lab reports, papers, or take home assignments which are not meant to be collaborative/group work.
Some consistencies between policies
Meetings with Faculty, Dean and Disciplinary panel
A grade of “F” for the course (not always just the assignment).
Student may be subject to suspension or expulsion from school.
May be reported on transcript (which affects employment or Graduate School applications).
Ways to prevent plagiarism:
Get information from more than one source. When you only read one perspective, it is too easy to take that as your own.
If you are sharing another person’s ideas, even in your own words, “in text” citations are required.
Provide a link to any image you use which you have not taken yourself. Make sure that any images you use are licensed as “free to use and share”.
Read, take notes, and read again, until you understand. Close the source and write down the main points in your own words. Note that all of the sources you consulted still need to be cited.
Use a software like PaperRater to check your paper for grammar, readability, and possible plagiarism.