Did you know?
  • A study by the Center for Academic Integrity found that almost 80% of college students admit to cheating at least once.
  • According to a survey by the Psychological Record 36% of undergraduates have admitted to plagiarizing written material.
  • A poll conducted by US News and World Reports found that 90% of students believe that cheaters are either never caught or have never been appropriately disciplined...
  • A study conducted by Ronald M. Aaron and Robert T. Georgia: Administrator Perceptions of Student Academic Dishonesty in Collegiate Institutions found that 257 chief student affairs officers across the country believe that colleges and universities have not addressed the cheating problem adequately.

But that's not how we do things here....

Indiana University encourages fairness and equity for all students in an environment where discovery and communication of knowledge are valued and protected. By enrolling at IU South Bend, students commit themselves to goals of academic integrity and expect to find them practiced and defended. Academic integrity in all its forms enhances the intellectual development of each student and the integrity of the institution.

In contrast, academic misconduct harms both students and the institution. Misconduct includes: allowing another person to copy a paper or assignment, thus enabling that person to commit plagiarism; creating or altering sources and data; and allowing others to conduct research or prepare work that one uses for writing a paper.

Like other academic misconduct, plagiarism is a serious form of cheating because it uses academic work inappropriately and/or uses work without adequate acknowledgment. To avoid it, writers must document ideas, statistics, visual aids, and language borrowed from any source—print, oral, or Internet. Sources may be documented formally in an in-text note, a footnote, or endnote; informally within the writer's own text; or orally in a speech. 

Plagiarism and academic misconduct include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Copying any other person’s work and submitting it as one’s own, whether as a written document or an oral presentation.
  • Copying or paraphrasing passages, sentences, phrases, data, statistics, isolated formulas, and visual aids from print, oral, or Internet sources without proper acknowledgment.
  • Using someone else’s ideas without giving credit to the source.
  • Submitting a professionally prepared research paper as one’s own work.
  • Submitting work that resulted from an unauthorized collaborative effort as individual work.
  • Reusing or recycling a paper or research done for credit in a previous course without the permission and approval of all the professors involved.
  • Offering material assembled or collected by others as one’s own project or collection.
  • Fabricating or creating material (statistics, text, etc.) to cite as a legitimate source.
  • Documenting a source inaccurately.
  • Misrepresenting one's own ability with written language by engaging another individual to proofread substantial portions of a student's work.  

The academic community highly values the acknowledgment of other people's contributions to knowledge. The disciplinary consequences of documented plagiarism at Indiana University South Bend can be severe. As a student you could receive a failing grade, be expelled from the University, or in extreme cases your degree could be revoked if plagiarism is discovered after you have gra

Avoiding plagiarism is important -- both in writing and speaking. When you properly acknowledge the contributions to knowledge made by other people, you are showing respect for their work, and you are giving credit where credit is due. You are not misleading the reader to believe that your work is solely your own.

The intention here is to provide you the student with access to many useful and valuable resources available both on campus and the World Wide Web. The information presented here, regarding how to cite and document information in your academic work, is general. It is not intended to supersede or replace the information provided to you by your instructors or your academic department. Remember if you are in doubt about how to cite something ask your professor or Writers' Room tutor!