Plagiarism Remediation

Plagiarism Training & Certification Assignment


You are receiving this assignment because you have submitted an assignment containing plagiarism after in-class instruction on avoiding plagiarism. In order for you to receive credit for your corrected paper, you must complete the plagiarism training on the class website and pass an online plagiarism test so that you can avoid a future recurrence.

What is plagiarism?

"The unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work." ( The Random House Dictionary ) Plagiarism is cheating: it is the “wrongful act of taking the product of another person’s mind and presenting it as one’s own” (Alexander Lindey, Plagiarism and Originality qtd. in Gibaldi 30).

According to Joseph Gibaldi of the Modern Language Association (MLA), “To use another person’s ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source is to plagiarize. Plagiarism, then, constitutes intellectual theft” (30). Certainly, plagiarism is morally and ethically wrong: this form of cheating involves stealing, lying, and insulting others. First, taking ideas and words from another to use as your own without permission or acknowledgment [sic] is stealing. Second, offering another person’s ideas and words as your own in any assignment—a paper, test, examination, poster, or oral report--is lying. Third, disrespect for the intellectual integrity of the source, your fellow students, and your teachers is insulting (Babbie).

What counts as plagiarism?

  • Buying or downloading a paper from a research service or term-paper mill and offering it as your own
  • Turning in another student’s work, with or without that student’s knowledge, as your own
  • Copying any portion of another’s work without proper acknowledgment [sic], including primary texts (literature)
  • Copying material from a source, supplying proper documentation, but leaving out quotation marks or failing to cite properly
  • Paraphrasing ideas and language from a source without proper documentation
    • Type I: Copy & Paste
    • Type II: Word Switch
    • Type III: Style
    • Type IV: Metaphor
    • Type V: Idea

What happens if I plagiarize?

The following excerpt is found in your Upper School Handbook:

  • Any student who is caught cheating and/or plagiarizing will automatically receive a zero on the assignment
  • Students will be required to re-do the assignment to complete the original learning objective; credit, if any, for the assignment will be determined by the teacher and the Academy Director. Students who do not complete the assignment will receive a failing mark for the marking period.
  • All cheating and/or plagiarism incidents must result in parental contact by the classroom teacher. Subsequent offenses will result in a failure for the marking period; grades not to exceed: MS=59%, HS=64% and further disciplinary action.
  • Plagiarism is a violation of academic ethics.
  • Examples of plagiarism are: stealing, borrowing, buying or copying someone else’s work, including but not limited to: homework, lab reports, take-home tests, research papers, copyrighted materials, published books and/or internet websites."

Plagiarism in College:

In colleges with honor codes, plagiarizing once can result in expulsion and the incident being marked permanently on your academic records. In some colleges, you are lucky to get a zero for the assignment, or a double zero, and to be required to take a course (for no credit) on academic integrity in addition to your regular course load. You may have to repeat the course, and you will not be able to remove the grades from your transcripts, even if you transfer.

"Plagiarism can have undesirable ramifications for the transgressor e.g. 'failing grades, suspension, expulsion, etc.; degrees may be revoked, jobs may be lost and careers may be ruined because of plagiarism' It may result in expulsion from university. Despite the risks, it is nowadays becoming more common catalyzed by the magnitude of widely available information.

What if I didn't know I was plagiarizing or didn't do it on purpose?

Like every other law, ignorance can not be used as an excuse for committing an act of plagiarism. This may seem unfair at first, but imagine how you (or a judge) would react if someone tried to get out of a speeding ticket, paying their taxes or a bank robbery by claiming that they didn't know it was illegal!

Some common excuses for plagiarism are:

  • “I didn’t know it was plagiarism”
  • “I don’t know how to cite the passages correctly”
  • “I thought that by citing it in my bibliography it wasn’t plagiarism”
  • “I thought by citing it in text I didn’t plagiarize”
  • I don’t remember where I found the information so I couldn’t cite it”
  • “I paraphrased; I didn’t use the same words”
  • “I only lifted a few words”
  • “I didn’t plagiarize because it wasn’t intentional”
  • “I must have inadvertently memorized the passage”
  • “I simply forget to properly credit the source”
  • “I was distracted by [family problems, illness, stress]”
  • “It’s a novice mistake”

Why don't these excuses hold any weight at all?

All English teachers at RA thoroughly inform and educate their students every academic year about plagiarism. We review expectations for citing with every new research and response paper. We are available if you have any questions or difficulties with citing. The librarians are also trained to help you.

Librarians at your public library are also available to assist you with proper citation. Educating students about plagiarism is a standard practice and avoiding plagiarism and upholding your academic integrity is a standard expectation at all educational institutions. It is cheating. If you were caught cheating on a test, you wouldn't argue that you didn't know that you were cheating by using someone else's answers, would you?


How to be 100% CERTAIN that you are not plagiarizing:


  • Make sure you understand what plagiarism is and all of its forms. Completing this training and successfully earning your certificate on your final plagiarism test will help ensure that you understand and avoid plagiarizing.
  • Stay up to date: Whenever you are unsure, it is your responsibility to ask someone reliable (a teacher, professor or librarian) for clarification or confirmation. Ultimately, ignorance is no excuse. You are responsible for staying educated about plagiarism.
  • Use Noodletools to create note cards. Whenever you find information that you will use in your paper, IMMEDIATELY paste the information into a new note card, place quotations marks around it and link it to a source in your Bibliography. You can paraphrase later if you want to, but put the quotation marks in until you do.
  • If you think something is common knowledge, check with a librarian or a teacher before making that assumption in your paper. Why risk it?
  • Don't go there: Reading unreliable source information (such as personal websites and Wikipedia) will fill your head with all sorts of information (potentially misinformation) on a subject that you may later mistake as your common knowledge on a subject. If you avoid these unreliable sources altogether, you won't risk plagiarizing unintentionally.
  • But I didn't know anything about the subject at all before I wrote the paper. I have to cite everything?!? This crosses over into another issue. Students learning to write research papers often think that a research paper is a conglomerate presentation of facts on a subject. Yes, you have to cite everything you did not know before writing the paper. However, you should not be turning in a list of facts as a research paper. You should be collecting these facts through research in order to assess what you have learned overall and to develop a thesis (your own theory) on the topic.


Final Plagiarism Assessment:

  1. Complete the online test below.
  2. Print out your certificate to HP 960c (you must connect to the printer with the USB cord). Print your name on it legibly and sign underneath.
  3. Read the plagiarism statement provided in class (copies below), print your name on it legibly and sign it.
  4. Turn in the signed certificate and the signed agreement in order to receive credit for your "Plagiarism Assessment".


Plagiarism Test:


Take this Plagiarism Online Test to make sure you understand and can identify plagiarism. Once you have completed the quiz satisfactorily, you will receive a certificate, which you must show me in order to receive credit.


Plagiarism Agreement:


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