Academic Honesty and Plagiarism


What is academic honesty and plagiarism?

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board expects learners to follow academic honesty expectations. There are serious consequences for students that break these expectations.

A common form of academic dishonesty is plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.

Plagiarism is a serious offence with consequences that may include:

* A failing grade on a quiz, test, examination, or course

* Being placed on disciplinary probation

* Suspension or expulsion


Examples of activities considered plagiarism include:

* Buying a paper in any form

* Hiring or allowing someone do your assignment

* Stealing or "borrowing" all or part of someone else's work

* Patching together a paper by copying and pasting from different sources without citing any of it

* Submitting the same or a similar assignment more than once

* Selling or allowing others to copy your work

* Copying something word for word but not using quotation marks

* Using significant ideas, concepts or facts without a citation, even if it is paraphrased

* Paraphrasing too closely by making only small changes to a passage

* Citing a source you did not actually find and read

How do I avoid Plagiarism?

Avoiding plagiarism is simple - always properly cite the original source of the ideas and research findings that you are reproducing and using in an essay or research paper.

This applies regardless of the manner of reproduction. If you are quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing from a source, you must recognize the original by using a citation style (such as APA or MLA).

To avoid plagiarism students should:

* Manage their time effectively by considering how long it will take to complete assigned tasks

* Keep clear notes and indications of when a source was used in writing

* Use their own ideas first when constructing an essay outline, then search for sources to support those ideas and arguments

* Cite and use quotation marks when copying another person’s words

* Cite the original source when referring to a fact, idea, opinion or theory in your own words

What is Cyber-Plagiarism - Ghostwriting and False Authorship?

Ghost Writing

A ghostwriter is defined as someone who is hired to write works or other texts that are officially credited to another person as the author. Ghost writing is thus the practice of writing a text without formal acknowledgement as an author.

Both plagiarism and ghostwriting conceal the true author's name. The difference between the two is:

A plagiarist copies the text without the permission of the true author.

A ghostwriter knowingly writes text to appear as someone else's speech or writing.

False Authorship

False authorship refers to any attempt to assign a false name to a piece of writing.

In many cases, false authorship can be considered fraudulent as it is purposely deceives and misleads both the reader and the general public.

Both ghost writing and false authorship are considered acts of academic dishonesty. If anyone other than yourself has written or contributed to your assignment and you present it as entirely your own work, you will be subject to academic penalties for dishonestly representing the work.