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Plagiarism, has serious consequences.

Faculty and GSI’s take plagiarism seriously and are often proactive when it comes to holding students accountable for violating the academic integrity policy. In many cases, students aren’t even aware they are plagiarizing!

Read below for information regarding how the Code of Student Conduct defines plagiarism at UC Berkeley, a few examples of plagiarism pitfalls that many students unintentionally fall into, and some quick tips that will help you avoid violating this policy. 

 


Plagiarism Defined: 

UC Berkeley’s Code of Student Conduct defines plagiarism as the use of intellectual material produced by another person without acknowledging its source.

 


Common Examples: Student have…

  • Directly copied passages of works from others directly into their homework, essay, term paper, or dissertation without acknowledgment.
  • Used the views, opinions, or insights of another without acknowledgment.
  • Paraphrased another person’s characteristic or original phraseology, metaphor, or other literary device without acknowledgment.
     

How to Avoid Plagiarizing: A Quick Summary

  • Any work submitted should be your own individual thoughts, and should not have been submitted for credit in another course unless you have prior written permission to re-use it in this course from this instructor.
  • All assignments must use "proper attribution," meaning that you have identified the original source and extent or words or ideas that you reproduce or use in your assignment. This includes drafts and homework assignments!
  • If you are unclear about expectations, ask your instructor or GSI.
  • Do not collaborate or work with other students on assignments or projects unless you have been given permission or instruction to do so.

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