SCTC Plagiarism Policy

(Adopted with permission from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, December 8, 2009)

Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone else's work, including the work of other students, as one's own. Any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully acknowledged, unless the information is common knowledge. What is considered "common knowledge" may differ from course to course. A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgement. A student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge indebtedness whenever:

1. Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;

2. Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;

3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;

4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or

5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections.


Plagiarism is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct described in SCTC 2011 Student Handbook. Such a violation may result in failure of the assignment, failure of the course, and suspension or expulsion from the college.

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