English Department Statement on Plagiarism
Examples of academic dishonesty
According to WOU's Code of Student Responsibility, violations of standards of academic conduct include but are not limited to the following:
a) Cheating - intentional use,
or attempted use of artifice, deception,
fraud, and/or misrepresentation
of one's academic work;
Simply stated, plagiarism is "the taking of others' thoughts or words without due acknowledgment."' This definition applies to both printed, unpublished, and electronic material. That is, students must acknowledge through appropriate forms of documentation any borrowed ideas or phrases, and all direct quotations if more than three or four words. They also must not submit work that has been written or revised, in part or in whole, by another person. Make sure you always provide appropriate source documentation and ask your instructor whenever you have even the smallest question or slightest doubt about citing sources. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes plagiarism. Plagiarism is grounds for a no-grade (F) and referral to the Student Conduct Committee.
The English Department follows campus guidelines in reporting any violations, or suspected violations, of the Code of Academic Conduct.
1Frederick Crews, The Random House Handbook, 3rd ed. (New York: Random House, 1980) p. 405.