Plagiarism is part of the academic honesty policy at Tiffin University, which is located in the academic bulletin. In general, to avoid plagiarism you will want to do the following when writing your papers:
Additionally, you can be academically dishonest without necessarily plagiarizing. Some examples of things you don't want to do to maintain academic integrity include the following:
For more information on plagiarism, check out the links below.
Below is an excerpt of "Undergraduate Policy on Academic Integrity" dealing specifically with plagiarism and its consequences. The full policy can be found be in Tiffin University Academic Bulletin.
Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional practice of taking someone else’s work and passing it off as one’s own. If the work of another is used, the student must acknowledge the original source through a recognized reference practice. Quotation marks must be used if work is copied verbatim. Students will acknowledge the work of others in the following circumstances. These examples are meant to be illustrative in nature and do not identify all instances of plagiarism, but are identified
A faculty member has the full discretion to penalize any act of academic dishonesty by issuing a grade of “F” and/or score of zero (0) for an assignment if the faculty member believes an unintentional act of academic dishonesty was committed. Students would then be required to take the Academic Integrity Development Program offered by Pfeiffer library or some other resource as deemed appropriate by the faculty member. The AID program tracks student participation. There will be no assignment XF grades recorded.
Upon a finding by a faculty member that a student has committed an intentional act of academic dishonesty, the faculty member may file for a grade of “XF” for the course. Upon the decision to pursue an XF grade,
The following policy statement and any revisions can be found in the most recent edition of the TU Academic Bulletin:
Academic institutions have the responsibility to promote and inculcate the highest standards of ethics among students. Therefore, Tiffin University places the highest value on academic honesty. Any act of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, committed by a student may be penalized with an F for the assignment or for the course in question at the discretion of the instructor. If warranted, acts of academic dishonesty may also attract more severe sanctions, such as suspension or dismissal.
Repeated Acts of Academic Dishonesty
1. Upon a finding by a faculty member that a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, the faculty member may assign a grade of XF. The faculty member will provide the Dean of the student’s school with documentation of the circumstances surrounding the occurrence.
2. A tracking mechanism and database is maintained by the Office of Registration and Records to identify students who receive a grade of XF. The School Dean will be notified when a student receives an XF. In the case of individual instances of academic dishonesty that are not severe enough to lead to a grade of XF, but are severe enough to lead to a student failing an individual assignment, faculty members will report these cases of academic dishonesty to the Dean of the student’s school. The process through which these instances are documented and handled, including any remediation, is at the discretion of the faculty of the respective schools.
3. First Occurrence - Upon the submission of a grade of XF the student will be placed on academic probation. The student will be required to undergo remediation and a warning letter from the School Dean will be sent to the student notifying the student that the receipt of a second XF will result in permanent dismissal.
4. Second Occurrence - All second occurrences will be reviewed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs to confirm the dismissal.
5. Grades of XF will be expunged from the student’s record upon dismissal, transfer or graduation from Tiffin University.
Harris (2001) provided some insight on why you as a student should want to avoid plagiarism and uphold your academic integrity. These reasons include:
By beginning the habit of citing your sources now, you will also be preparing yourself for the future.
Harris, R. A. (2001). The plagiarism handbook: Strategies for preventing, detecting, and dealing with plagiarism. Los Angeles, CA: Pyrczak.