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Plagiarism: Honor Code & Citadel Policy

Why is plagiarism an honor violation?

From Section IX, page 18 of the The Honor Manual of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets

50. Q. Why is plagiarism considered an honor violation?

A. Plagiarism is the stealing and use of another person’s writing and ideas. In written work, cadets are expected to identify the ideas which are not their own and give appropriate credit to the source. To do otherwise is to mislead the reader (instructor) and receive unwarranted credit. It is cheating. When cadets sign their names to paper, or turn in work-for-grade electronically, they are authenticating that all the work has been accomplished by themselves.

Honor Code

From Section III, page 3 of the The Honor Manual of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets

b. CHEATING: Receiving or giving aid on a test or examination. Test or examination includes any work performed for which a grade is received.

Plagiarism is a violation of the honor code. Plagiarism is the act of using someone else’s words or ideas as your own without giving proper credit to the source:

(1) When you quote another’s words exactly you must use quotation marks and a citation to tell exactly where the words came from.

(2) When you mix another’s words and ideas with your own in one or more sentences, partially quoting the source exactly and partially substituting your own words, you must put quotation marks around the wordsyou quote and not around your own. Then you cite the source.

(3) When you paraphrase another’s words or ideas, that is, when you substitute your words for another’s words but keep those idea(s), you do not use quotation marks, but you must cite the source.

(4) When you use only another’s idea(s), knowing that they are the other’s ideas, you must cite the source of that idea or those ideas.

(5) Citing the source means giving, as a minimum, the author (if available), the title of the book / periodical / web site / etc, and the page


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