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Race and Ethnic Relations in America (Kim): Understanding Plagiarism

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Academic Dishonesty

What is Academic Integrity?

As a student and member of the Pepperdine community, you are here to get an education and are therefore, expected to demonstrate integrity in all of your academic endeavors.  You are evaluated on your own merits, so be proud of your accomplishments, and protect academic integrity at Pepperdine.

There are different forms of Academic Dishonesty:

  • Cheating:“I copied off of someone else’s exam.”
  • Fabrication:“I made up the results for that lab exercise”
  • Plagiarism:“ I didn’t write that part of my paper – I just cut and pasted the text directly from the Web.”
  • Multiple submissions:“ I submitted the same paper for two of my classes.”
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty:“I let my roommate copy my homework – it’s no big deal.”

What is Plagiarism

The presentation of another’s words or ideas as if they were your own without giving credit to the other person, including but not limited to:

  • Purchasing a paper on-line and submitting it as your own

  • Copying your roommate’s paper (or parts of it) and submitting it as your own

  • Paraphrasing ideas, data or writing from someone else’s work without properly acknowledging the original source

  • Unauthorized transfer and use of another person’s computer file as your own

Academic Integrity Policy from Seaver College

The Code of Academic Integrity at Seaver College is an integral part of the educational process. It makes possible an atmosphere conducive to the development of the total person through learning experiences. Since a person is more than intellect, learning is more than academic achievement. It includes achievement in all the qualities of an individual -intellectual, spiritual, ethical, emotional, and physical.

Seaver's Code of Academic Integrity provides among students, faculty members, and the administration a spirit of community where such development can take place. Furthermore, it creates a climate of mutual trust, respect, and interpersonal concern, where openness and integrity prevail.

This Code of Academic Integrity will enrich the educational process at Seaver College and encourage the development of a "Seaver spirit." This will lead to a pervasive sense of pride for and loyalty to Seaver's high standards of academic ethics, personal honesty, and spiritual values which imbue Seaver College as part of a Christian university.

The code emphasizes the dignity and development of each individual. The code maintains free competition and independent intellectual effort, not tolerating dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism in any form. If intentional acts of dishonorable conduct occur, the code outlines infractions and clear-cut procedures as well as sanctions to censure such activity.

But, to be effective, the code must be maintained by the community. This requires a genuine sense of maturity, responsibility, and sensitivity on the part of every member. In particular, each member of the Seaver College community is expected to pursue his or her academic work with honesty and integrity.

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