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ENG 101 / 102 / 103 / 104: English Composition: Plagiarism

A guide for students who are in ENG 101 (or ENG 103) Composition I and ENG 102 Composition II (or ENG 104) at the University of Montevallo

Harbert Writing Center

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at all stages of the writing process.

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Montevallo, AL 35115
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Erin Chandler, PhD 
Assistant Professor of English, Coordinator of 
the Harbert Writing Center


Summer 2016 Hours of Operation


9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

University of Montevallo Policy on Academic Honesty

It's important to be familiar with the concept of appropriate citation and acknowledgement of ideas during each step of the writing process.

University of Montevallo Statement on Academic Honesty

Many students in the U. S. get into trouble for what is called "cheating" or "plagiarism." "Cheating" means getting help that a student is not supposed to get on an assignment, quiz, or examination. "Plagiarism" refers specifically to the practice of copying from a book or other publication and not acknowledging that the words used are someone else's and not the student's.

What is Considered "Cheating"?

In general, students in the U. S. academic system are expected to do their own academic work without getting excessive assistance from other people. This does not mean that you cannot ask other students to help with class work. It is permissible and sometimes even advisable to seek help in understanding what is happening in a class and what a specific assignment is about. It is not considered proper, though, to have someone else do an assignment for you, or to copy answers or information from a publication in a way that makes it appear that the answers are ones you devised and composed yourself. That would be considered cheating.

Possible Consequences of Cheating

Some students cheat and are not punished for it, either because the cheating is not detected or because the faculty member in whose class the cheating takes place prefers not to take any action against the student who has cheated. In most cases, though, cheating is detected and has negative consequences for the assignment or examination on which the cheating took place; a failing grade for the course in which the cheating occurred; expulsion from the course (being required to leave); or expulsion from UM.

Source:  "Student Code of Conduct"

Best Advice

Richard Bullock, the author of the article you were assigned, states, "A good rule of thumb: when in doubt, cite your source. You're unlikely to be criticized for citing too much--but you may invite charges of plagiarism by citing too little" (43).