Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty

To plagiarize is to present as one’s own a thought, writing, or invention belonging to another. It usually takes one of the following three forms and is done without proper acknowledgement: the inclusion of another person’s writing in one’s own essay; paraphrasing of another person’s work; or presentation of another person’s original theories, views, etc.

When an allegation of plagiarism or academic dishonesty exists, disciplinary proceedings may be initiated and carried out within the academic program of the teaching faculty in which the alleged offense occurred. Faculty can determine penalties which are limited to the course in which the alleged offense occurred (i.e., lowering the grade, awarding a failing grade for the assignment or the course). Faculty should consult with the chair, convener, or director of the department or program or with the dean of the college to ascertain departmental, programmatic, and/or college practices for dealing with such matters. Students have the right to grieve such actions taken against them by filing a grievance with the vice chancellor for student affairs.

Any action to place a student on probation, or to suspend or dismiss a student from a department or program or from UIS for plagiarism, academic dishonesty or other proscribed conduct is to be initiated under the provisions of the campus Student Disciplinary Code, and requires the filing of a disciplinary complaint with the vice chancellor for student affairs.

Link to Student Disciplinary Code 

Link to Academic Integrity website


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