In speaking or writing, plagiarism is the act of representing someone else's work as one's own. In addition, plagiarism is defined as using the essential style, and manner of expression, of a source as if it were one's own. Also, any statement made without documentation is claimed as your own and therefore falls into the definition of plagiarism. Examples of plagiarism include:
- Student submission of word for word passages of others' work without proper acknowledgment.
- Paraphrasing of others' work, which contains specific information or ideas and which is not shown within quotation marks or is not properly acknowledged.
- Two or more submitted papers, lab assignments, computer programs, etc., which contain a resemblance decidedly beyond the bounds of reasonable coincidence.
- A paper, examination or assignment that contains data or conclusions which, upon questioning, the student cannot explain, support or demonstrate direct knowledge of.
- Computer piracy which includes any act of copyright infringement (protected by Federal, State, or local law), the use of software which has otherwise been expressly prohibited, copying, duplicating software code and copying of notes, specifications, technical descriptions of any software code whether copyrighted or not.
The penalty at DeVry for plagiarism ranges from receiving a failing grade for the assignment to expulsion from DeVry.