code of community responsibility

Forms of Academic Dishonesty


Plagiarism is the submission of material as one's own work that is not the result of one's own effort. It is the use or imitation of the work of another author or artist, and representation of the work as one's own. Examples include:

  1. Quoting paragraphs, sentences or parts of sentences from other sources without the use of quotation marks and without the use of citations. Sources include but are not limited to the following:

    • Printed sources such as books, essays, or articles

    • Video and audio sources, such as taped interviews or television programs

    • Papers, videotapes, and audiotapes by other students

    • Electronic sources such as Internet, World Wide Web, and CD-Rom

  2. Paraphrasing pages, paragraphs or sentences without acknowledging the source

  3. Using other people's ideas without giving them credit

  4. Writing a paper based on outside sources without using footnotes and a complete bibliography

  5. Purchasing papers or academic work and submitting it as one's own

A publication detailing proper documentation is available for purchase in the Campus Bookstore. The rules for documentation apply to written and oral work for all courses.


  1. Giving as well as receiving aid on papers, laboratory experiments, quizzes, and exams when not authorized by the professor

  2. Handing in papers that are the product of another person's work.

  3. Using notes during a quiz or exam without authorization to do so.

  4. Copying from another student's paper for an assignment or during a quiz or exam

  5. Using one paper for two different classes without prior arrangement with professors involved

  6. Accessing online sources, sites, information during a test, quiz, or other assignment when not authorized by the professor

Policy reviewed and approved 2012 by academic dean and the faculty.

  • Colby-Sawyer College is committed to high standards of academic honesty. Such standards are central to the process of intellectual inquiry, the development of individual character, and the maintenance of a civilized community.

  • The integrity of academic life depends on cooperation among students, faculty, and staff.

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