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Academic Integrity

Students @ NMC are held to the following Academic Code of Behavior--

   1. Cheating or Plagiarism:  Cheating or plagiarism on written or oral examinations, quizzes, papers, or other academic work is prohibited. Cheating is defined as falsifying data on a report, exam, summary, or paper; the giving or receiving of aid in an examination situation; and/or the use of unauthorized materials as an aid during an examination. Plagiarism consists of offering as one’s own work, the words, ideas, or arguments of another person, without appropriate attribution by quotation, reference, or footnote. Plagiarism occurs both when the words of another are reproduced without acknowledgment, and when the ideas or arguments of another are paraphrased in such a way as to lead the reader to believe that they originated with the writer.

From NMC's
Staff Policy D-602.01
Student Rights and Responsibilities

Plagiarism: Fact & Fiction

Plagiarism gets a lot of press these days, but it is not a new concept.  The academic community has for centuries grappled with the issue of how to share ideas while giving credit where credit is due. Author Alexander Lindey notes, "Derived from the Latin work plagairius (kidnapper), plagiarism refers to a form of cheating that has been defined as "the false assumption of authorship: the wrongful act of taking the product of another person's mind, and presenting it as one's own" (Lindey, 1952, 2).  Take the time to understand how you can avoid plagiarism by correctly attributing and citing sources. 

For students writing papers, the most frequent academic integrity violation is Plagiarism, which involves using the ideas and words of another without giving credit. 

  • Sometimes it can be hard to determine if you have plagiarized or not.  While it may not seem like a big deal, plagiarism is really a form of stealing and it not appropriate in the academic or professional environment. Students have failed courses, writers have lost jobs and scholar reputations have been diminished by plagiarism. 

  • The online environment provides additional temptatins to plagiarize as it is easy to copy and past information from the Web. Instructors know this and are able to diagnosis plagiarism. The good news? It is easy to avoid Plagiarism.
  1. Here are some guidelines to help:

    When directly quoting from an article or book, always provide an in-text citation with the author's name and the page number of the quote (follow the format assigned by your instructor).  Your reference list will supply the full citation, but the in-text citation alerts the reader you are using another's idea and gives the author the credit they deserve.

  2. Paraphrasing involves putting another's information into your own words and, like a direct quote, requires an in-text citation.  In this case, however, you do not need to use quote marks or provide the exact page number, but you do need an in-text cite with the author's name, which signals to the reader you have paraphrased. Generally, this in-text cite some at the end of a paragraph where you have paraphrased.

  3. Ask your instructor if you are unsure about a particular situation. In general, if you are in doubt, cite the source!

Lindey, A. (1952). Plagiarism and originality. New York: Harper.


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