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Plagiarism: ACADEMIC INTEGRITY @ OTIS

Consequences of Plagiarism

According to the Otis College Academic Integrity policy, the following can result from plagiarism:

  • No action
  • Intellectual dishonesty project
  • Required tutoring sessions in the Student Learning Center
  • Failing grade for the plagiarized assignment
  • Failing grade for the course
  • Loss of privileges or exclusion from academic activity or program
  • Dismissal from the College

Additional recommendations may be imposed at the discretion of the committee and with the approval of the Vice President of Campus Life or the Dean of Student Affairs.

Otis College's Academic Integrity Policy

The plagiarism policy is found within the Hoot, the Otis College Student Handbook under Academic Integrity.  It is a form of academic misconduct and is a violation of the Code of Conduct and subject to disciplinary sanctions.

Self-Plagiarism

Self-plagiarism is possible and it's just as serious.

Self-plagiarism, or "double-dipping," is deception and goes against the core principles of ethical writing. Papers are assigned for you to demonstrate what you have learned in a particular class. If you reuse a paper you wrote for a previous class, you are not demonstrating new learning.

Examples of self-plagiarism:

  • Turning in a paper for a current class that you already submitted as an assignment for a previous class
  • Using a substantial amount of a paper written for another course as content for a new assignment
  • Treating anything you've previously written as if it were new material

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