Definition

Plagiarism: Essentially plagiarism involves submitting or presenting work in a course as if it were the student's own work done expressly for that particular course when, in fact, it is not. Most commonly plagiarism exists when:

  1. The work submitted or presented was done, in whole or in part, by an individual other than the one submitting or presenting the work (this includes having another impersonate the student or otherwise substituting the work of another for one's own in an examination or test),
  2. Parts of the work are taken from another source without reference to the original author,
  3. The whole work (e.g., an essay) is copied from another source, and/or,
  4. A student submits or presents work in one course which has also been submitted in another course (although it may be completely original with that student) without the prior agreement of the instructor involved.

While it is recognized that scholarly work often involves reference to the ideas, data and conclusions of other scholars, intellectual honesty requires that such references be explicitly and clearly noted. Plagiarism is a serious academic offence.

It is recognized that clause (4) does not prevent a graduate student incorporating work previously done by him or her in a thesis or dissertation.

Consequences

Failing Grade: A student may be given a failing grade in either an exercise or course in which that student is found guilty of plagiarism, cheating or other academic misconduct. A student may not avoid a failing grade by withdrawing from the course.

Probation: If a student is found to have committed plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty, then that student will be placed on probation. The duration and conditions will be set at the time the student is placed on probation and may last up to two years. Any subsequent violation of the University of Calgary's expectations regarding academic honesty would likely result in suspension or expulsion.

Suspension and Expulsion: Where the offence is deemed as more serious or is a repeat incident of academic dishonesty, it could lead to the requirement of a student to temporarily or permanently withdraw from a program of study.

Procedures

  1. When plagiarism, cheating and other academic misconduct is suspected, the instructor should first try to resolve the issue with the student.
  2. If the incident cannot be resolved between the instructor and the student, the instructor has the obligation to report all suspected cases of plagiarism, cheating or other academic misconduct to the Program Manager or Director responsible for the course.
  3. At this time, the Program Manager or Director will meet with the instructor and the student in order to resolve the issue. The instructor will prepare a written report stating the alleged facts and their reasons for suspicion in writing prior to the meeting with the Program Manager or Director. As necessary, the Program Manager or Director will gather evidence and interview the instructor and the student(s) involved, conclude whether academic dishonesty has taken place, and assign (if necessary) consequences to the student(s).
  4. Appeals: Students may appeal a decision regarding a failing grade or other consequences resulting from academic dishonesty by submitting a written appeal to the Director of Continuing Education.

Student Resources

Resources for avoiding plagiarism: