Plagiarism in English Classes at Maricopa Community Colleges
Definition: In an
instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses
someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge)
material without acknowledging its source.
Council of Writing Program
English instructors in the Maricopa
Community Colleges are expected to take plagiarism seriously; it is
as defined by the online
Policy Manual of the Maricopa Community Colleges.
2.3.11 Academic Misconduct
- Academic Misconduct - includes misconduct associated with the
classroom, laboratory or clinical learning process. Examples of
academic misconduct include, but are not limited to, cheating,
plagiarism, excessive absences, use of abusive or profane language,
and disruptive and/or threatening behavior.
- Cheating - includes, but is not limited to, (a) use of any
unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, assessment tests
or examinations; (b) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those
authorized by the faculty member in writing papers, preparing
reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (c)
the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic
material belonging to a member of the college faculty or staff.
- Plagiarism - includes, but is not limited to, the use of
paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work
of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also
includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another
person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other
academic materials. Information gathered from the internet and not
properly identified is also considered plagiarism.
Any student found by a faculty member to have committed academic
misconduct maybe subject to the following sanctions: (Note: sanctions
1, 2, 3, and 4 may be imposed by a faculty member. The faculty member
may recommend to the department chairperson and the appropriate vice
president of academic affairs or designee that sanctions 5, 6, or 7 be
imposed. College suspension or expulsion will be imposed only by the
appropriate vice president of academic affairs or designee.
- Warning - A notice in writing to the student that the student
has violated the academic code.
- Grade Adjustment - Lowering of a score on a test or assignment.
- Discretionary Sanctions - Additional academic assignments
determined by the faculty member.
- Course Failure - Failure of a student from a course where
academic misconduct occurs.
- Disciplinary Probation - Disciplinary probation is for a
designated period of time and includes the probability of more
severe sanctions if the student commits additional acts of academic
- College Suspension - Separation of the student from the college
for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible
to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified. (A
suspension from one Maricopa Community College will apply to all
other colleges/centers in the District.)
- College Expulsion - Permanent separation of the student from the
college. (Expulsion from one Maricopa Community College will apply
to all colleges/centers in the District.)
- Appeal of Sanctions for Academic Misconduct
Students can appeal sanctions imposed for academic misconduct by
instructional grievance process. (AR 2.3.5; Appendix S-6)
Since the real goal is prevention,
instructors should take special care in providing instruction to help
students understand what plagiarism is, keeping in mind the level of the
class and the need to distinguish careless or inadequate citations or
use of the words of others from deliberate acts of plagiarism. In cases where instructors have carefully
considered the evidence and concluded that a student has deliberately
plagiarized, instructors should use districtwide sanctions provided in
the district's Policy Manual.
At a minimum, instructors should clearly
state in detail their plagiarism policy – including consequences --
in the class syllabus and provide an oral explanation of that policy
as well. The English Instructional Council strongly urges
course failure as the sanction to be imposed when major assignments
are found to be deliberately plagiarized
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