Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism 

The Student Handbook of MSCD says that: 

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is a serious offense at the College because it diminishes the quality of scholarship and the learning experience for everyone on campus. An act of academic dishonesty may lead to such penalties as reduction of grade, probation, suspension, or expulsion.

 Examples of academic dishonesty include:

bullet Cheating: The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to:
bullet  use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations;
bullet  dependence upon the aid or sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or
bullet the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the College faculty, staff, or other students.
bullet Fabrication: Intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information, data, or citation in an academic exercise.
bullet Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty.

Plagiarism: The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use by paraphrase or direct quotations, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency that may or may not be engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

Submitting the same work for different classes: Students are expected to turn in original work for each of their classes. Submitting substantive portions of the same work in more than one class is considered academic dishonesty.


Academic dishonesty may result in institutional sanctions. ...In addition to institutional sanctions listed in the College Judicial Policies, a failing course grade assigned as a result of academic dishonesty is considered a permanent “F. (quoted from MSCD Student Handbook online). 

This applies to assignments that are plagiarized in whole or in part. 

Plagiarism conceals the fact that material in an assignment or paper is not the author’s own by neglecting to provide adequate documentation of the source of the material (qtd from A Research Writer’s Guide, 2003) 

Examples of plagiarism:

bullet copying another student’s paper and turning it in as your own
bullet having another student write the paper for you
bullet cutting and pasting a paper from the Web
bullet buying an already written paper or hiring someone else to write a paper
bullet quoting without proper acknowledgement
bullet paraphrasing or summarizing another author’s ideas without acknowledgement



Metropolitan State College of Denver. (2004) Student Handbook. Retrieved 11 January 2005 from

Carlson, C., Chapman, J., Griffin, J., Prosenjak, N. (2004) A Research Writer’s Guide for ENG 1020: Writing, Research, and Technology. Denver: MSCD.