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Copyright and Fair Use: Plagiarism (for Students)

Information on copyright and fair use exemptions.

Penalties for Plagiarism

The University of Tampa's Academic Integrity Policy provides the following definition of plagiarism:

Plagiarism: Using the words, thoughts or ideas of another without attribution or the use of standard citation expectations applicable to the field of study, so that they seem as if they are your own. This type of misconduct can take many forms. The most blatant forms include copying someone else’s work word for word or turning in a paper written by another with your name as the author. Other examples include rewriting someone else’s work with only minor changes, or summarizing another’s work or taking another person’s ideas without acknowledging the source through proper attribution and citation.

Examples of plagiarism include but are not limited to:

1. Acquiring a term paper or other assignment and submitting it as your own work.

2. Submitting a computer program, computer graphic, data base, etc. as original work that duplicates, in whole or in part, without citation, the work of another.

3. Quoting, paraphrasing or even borrowing the syntax of another’s words without acknowledging the source.

4. Incorporating facts, statistics or other illustrative material taken from a source, without acknowledging the source, unless the information is common knowledge.

5. Using another’s ideas, opinions or theories even if they have been completely paraphrased in one’s own words without acknowledging the source.

6. Listing a source in a bibliography or “works cited” page without specifically citing the material within the text that was extracted from the source.