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Citation Styles: Plagiarism

MLA Style Guide for Research Papers, eighth edition

SEU Definition of Plagiarism

Plagiarism occurs when a writer uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original material without acknowledg­ing its source. Plagiarism includes unattributed use of any source, in any medium, published or unpublished. Work already submitted for a grade in another course may not be resubmitted unless the professor specifically states otherwise.

Examples of Plagiarism

  • Quoting or paraphrasing material without attributing it to its source
  • Copying segments from the work of others without giving proper credit
  • Submitting as original work written entirely by someone else

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Websites for Avoiding Plagiarism

Tips to Avoid Plagiarism

Some easy steps you can take to make sure you aren't plagiarizing: 

1.  When in doubt, cite!  

2.  Ask  a peer or the Writing Center to proof your paper.

3.  Make sure you are familiar with the citation style for your class.

4.  Click here to learn more about how to paraphrase.

5.  Remember, at SEU, plagiarism is a serious offense.  See the Academic Intergrity Policy below.

SEU's Academic Integrity Policy

Academic Integrity - Early Alert Program

“Academic dishonesty” refers to plagiarism or cheating. Should a professor suspect academic dishonesty of any kind, the professor will follow the guidelines below and will refer the student to Academic Intervention at the Academic Center for Enrichment by submitting an Early Alert (the Early Alert link is available through JICS). Intervention will note the instance in the student’s file and will follow up to make sure that all consequences dictated by the professor and university policy have been completed. To effectively counter academic dishonesty, professors must follow these guidelines in all instances of plagiarism and cheating.

LEVEL 1 Academic Dishonesty for undergraduate students will be considered a Level 1 offense when it is the first instance of plagiarism in a student’s career at Southeastern AND it consists of a small part (less than 25%) of the assignment. Consequences for a Level 1 offense must include one or more of the following: Correcting the plagiarism in the assignment for a grade; AND/OR Receiving a grade penalty up to the total grade value of the assignment; AND/OR Being referred to ACE to receive further instruction in plagiarism avoidance; AND/OR Completing an Academic Integrity (AI) course that includes strategies for avoiding plagiarism and cheating.

LEVEL 2 Academic Dishonesty will be considered a Level 2 offense when it is: The second instance of plagiarism in an undergraduate student’s career at Southeastern; OR The first instance of plagiarism of up to 50% for a graduate student; OR Consists of a substantial part (between 25% and 50%) of the assignment; OR The first instance of cheating on a test or assignment. Consequences for the student for a Level 2 offense must include: Completing an Academic Integrity (AI) course that includes strategies for avoiding plagiarism and cheating (required if not already taken); AND Receiving a grade penalty in the course; AND Receiving a Z grade annotation (may only be removed by successful completion of the AI course). Additionally, the consequences may include any or all of the following: Correcting the plagiarism in the assignment for a grade; AND/OR Failing the course; AND/OR Losing eligibility to take online courses for the remainder of their careers at Southeastern.

LEVEL 3 — Academic Dishonesty will be considered a Level 3 offense when it is: The third (or higher) instance of plagiarism in an undergraduate student’s career at Southeastern; OR The second (or higher) instance of plagiarism in a graduate student’s career at Southeastern; OR Consists of most (more than 50%) of the assignment; OR Is the second instance of cheating on a test or assignment for any graduate or undergraduate student Consequences for Level 3 offenses must include the following: Receiving a grade penalty in the course;AND Completing an AI course that includes strategies for avoiding plagiarism and cheating (required if not taken previously); AND Receiving a Z grade annotation (required, see below); Additionally, consequences may include any or all of the following: Failing the course; AND/OR Losing eligibility to take online courses for the remainder of their careers at Southeastern; AND/OR Expulsion from the University at the discretion of the Provost

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