Graduate Office Policy
All thesis, field studies, professional projects, or any paper developed by a graduate student must comply with University regulations (574-031-0300) concerning fabrication, facilitating dishonesty, and plagiarism. Material developed by someone other than the author of a thesis, field studies, professional projects, or class paper should be clearly credited.
Internet material must be treated as published material and must be fully credited. Purchased research materials must also be clearly identified as the work of others and not the original work of the author. In situations where material was developed through study groups or other formal or informal group interaction, the author is obligated to credit others for the ideas that were developed as part of a group process.
A faculty member who believes that some form of dishonesty has occurred may take the following course of action:
A single instance of cheating or plagiarism is usually punished with a failing grade on the assignment in question. In situations where there is evidence of repeated offenses, or an offense involving an assignment comprising the greater part of the total grade, such as a thesis or professional project, could entail a failing grade for the course (Faculty Handbook, General Academic Standards) and may lead to disciplinary action through WOU’s Student Judicial System. A continuing pattern of failure to maintain a high level of academic honesty can lead to dismissal from Western Oregon University.
All students should be familiar with the Code of Student Responsibility.
Copies of the code are available from the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.