Understand plagiarism, learn steps to avoid it, and learn the importance of giving credit by citing sources when quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing from sources used.

Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as using another’s ideas, words, or knowledge in any format (print, online, media, etc.) and passing them off as your own. Whether it is done intentionally or inadvertently, it is still considered plagiarism.

Plagiarism infringes on a person’s right to intellectual property; it is a form of stealing—committing academic dishonesty and infringing on copyright law.

To avoid plagiarism, consult the University Libraries’ Citation Styles and Tools and properly cite your sources.

Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty is a component of the Adelphi University Code of Ethics. Each school at Adelphi University may establish its own detailed supplemental guidelines for academic integrity, consistent with its own culture, and consistent with the University-wide general guidelines.

Consequences for not adhering to Adelphi’s Academic Honesty policies range from:

  • Repeating the assignment/course
  • Failing the course
  • Facing possible suspension or expulsion
  • In all cases a record is noted in your file
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