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Plagiarism happens when you copy another person's idea in to a paper or presentation, (even if you use different words!) without giving credit to the original author of the idea. It is unethical, and UMass Lowell has a strict policy against it. The consequences of plagiarism are serious and long lasting.


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Describes how to avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act of using another's word or ideas without giving credit to that person.It is unethical because you are stealing someones's work. It is a breach of UMass Lowell academic integrity policy. Also you may fail the class and be suspended or expelled. Even if you are paraphrasing you still need to cite your sources. Paraphrasing is more than changing a few words in another's idea. you need to be careful not  to misrepresent research. Accurate and acceptable paraphrasing restates the text in your own words while also giving credit to the original author of that idea. when in doubt, cite your source for anything that is more than common knowledge. Picture of a dachshund. Rule of thumb for common knowledge: most people know this is a picture of a dog. Most people do not know there are 9 different types of dachshund which vary according to color, coat type, and size. citation shows you line of thinking. Citation tips. Keep careful notes of where you found the information: author, title, page numbers. Plan to use direct quotes or paraphrasing. Use correct citation format. Citation tools.

Academic Integrity

Plagiarism and academic integrity are taken seriously by this university.  You, the student, are responsible for making sure you are honestly completing your work.  If you have any questions, please review your class syllabus, speak to your professor, or review the university’s guidelines.  The UML webpage on Academic Integrity has more information.

Academic misconduct is an act in which a student:
(a) Seeks to claim credit for the work or efforts of another without authorization or citation;

(b) Uses unauthorized materials or fabricated data in any academic exercise;

(c) Forges or falsifies academic documents or records;

(d) Intentionally impedes or damages the academic work of others;

(e) Engages in conduct aimed at making false representation of a student’s academic performance; or

(f) Assists other students in any of these acts.


Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:
• cheating on an examination
• collaborating with others in work to be presented, contrary to the stated rules of the course
• submitting a paper or assignment as one’s own work when a part or all of the paper or assignment is the work of another
• submitting a paper or assignment that contains ideas or research of others without appropriately identifying the sources of those ideas
• getting unauthorized access to examinations or course materials
• submitting, without the permission of the current instructor, work previously presented in another course 
• tampering with the laboratory experiment or computer program of another student
• knowingly and intentionally assisting another student in any of the above, including assistance in an arrangement whereby any work, classroom performance, examination or other activity is submitted or performed by a person other than the student under whose name the work is submitted or performed.

- UMass Lowell Academic Integrity Policy