Aca plagiarism Policy and Contract

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ACA Plagiarism Policy and Contract
What constitutes plagiarism?

  • Copying any portion of another’s work without proper acknowledgement

  • Copying material from a source, supplying proper documentation, but leaving out quotation marks or failing to indent properly

  • Paraphrasing ideas and language from a source without proper documentation

  • Buying or downloading a paper from a research service or term-paper mill and offering it as your own

  • Turning in another student’s work, with or without that student’s knowledge, as your own

Why is plagiarism wrong?

Plagiarism shows a lack of respect for the learning process and for your teachers. Plagiarism is also more than just a violation of school policies and a teacher's trust. It is an illegal activity, and is a violation of intellectual property law. One source states that it isn’t so different from stealing someone’s wallet. (

Why avoid plagiarism?

  • It is far better to submit a paper that has flaws or turn it in late than to plagiarize.

  • Plagiarism is easy to do, but also easy to catch. All a teacher has to do is type in unusual phrases into Google and they will most likely find the original source.

  • You know better. Deep down, you know that education is about more than grades or a diploma. Cheating is dishonorable and shows a lack of maturity and self-respect.

What are the consequences for plagiarism at ACA?

Plagiarism can have serious consequences:  you may earn a zero on your paper with no opportunity to re-submit; you may be asked to leave a class where you plagiarized without receiving credit; you may lose the privilege to take independent study courses at home; depending on the seriousness of the offense, you may even be expelled.

How does a student avoid plagiarism?

Always give credit where credit is due.  In other words, learn to acknowledge your sources. To avoid plagiarism, be sure to cite your sources or include referenced information in quotation marks or a block quote. Learn to cite your sources within your text and in a bibliography or list of works cited at the end of the paper. Take good notes, make sure you have enough time, and learn how to cite sources properly from your parents, teachers or your ES.

What does “citing a source” mean?

Giving credit to someone or something when what you use is not your own original work.

When should you cite a source?

  • When you use another person's idea, opinion, or theory

  • When you use any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings, pictures, sounds, etc.

or any other piece of information which you found from any source

  • When you use quotations of another person's actual spoken or written words

  • When you paraphrase (put in your own words) another person's spoken

or written words (Writing Tutorial Services, Indiana University)

What needs to be included when you cite a source?

  • Who wrote or created it

  • What it is called

  • Where and by whom it was published or produced

  • When it was published or produced

  • It doesn’t matter where you find your information, whether it is a book, an interview, an electronic resource, or from the Internet; when you use the work of others you must give them the credit they deserve.

  • When in doubt, cite your source! (Umbach)

Contract for Students

I, ____________________________________, have read and understand ACA’s plagiarism contract and policy.

___________________________________ ________________________

Signature Date
Helpful Resources for Students and Teachers

Citing Sources in Research Papers. University of Oregon Libraries.

An excellent resource for citing Internet resources.

Writing Tutorial Services, Indiana University. “Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid  It.” 17 April 2002

This site provides a good overview about citing sources and gives both good and bad examples of citations.

Free, online service that creates citations in MLA or APA style.

Landmark Citation Machine

Free, online service that creates citations in MLA or APA style. Our URL links you to the MLA format.

Works Cited

Allyn & Bacon/Longman. “Citing Electronic Resources in MLA style.” 18 April 2002

Babbie, Earl. “Plagiarism.” Teaching Resources Depository: Other Teaching Tools. Social Sciences Research and Instructional Council. 26 Oct. 1998. 18 April 2002
Umbach, Kenneth W. “Citing sources in plain English.” E-mail to the author. 16 April 2002.
Writing Tutorial Services, Indiana University. “Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It.” 17 April 2002

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