Students, faculty, and staff are expected to follow established standards of academic integrity and honesty. Academic misconduct entails dishonesty or deception in fulfilling academic requirements and includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, or the furnishing of false information to the University or a University affiliate in matters related to academics. An affiliate of the University is any person, organization, or company who works in conjunction with Lawrence Technological University for the purposes of assisting students in fulfilling their academic requirements. It is therefore this institution’s stated policy that no form of dishonesty among its faculty or students will be tolerated. Although all members of the University community have an obligation to report occurrences of dishonesty, each individual is principally responsible for his or her own conduct.
Lawrence Technological University's Academic Honor Code webpage is located here.
You can download the printable Academic Honor Code here.
The Academic Achievement Center's guide to Avoiding Academic Dishonesty is located here.
Briefly, plagiarism happens when you incorporate direct statements or paraphrase the ideas of someone into a paper you are writing and do not acknowledge where you found the information. This is why citing your sources properly and creating a reference list, works cited page or bibliography are such an important part of any research assignment.
It is very easy to plagiarize if you are copying & pasting material from a source into your own paper. But even if it is unintentional, plagiarism is a serious academic offense and you will be severely penalized for it.
To develop a good understanding of plagiarism and how to avoid it before you begin writing your paper, reference the materials in the "Online Resources" tab, above.
Lawrence Tech subscribes to the plagiarism checking software, SafeAssign. It is available through the Assignments tab in BlackBoard. The instructor must make it available for each assignment. If you cannot find it, be sure to ask your instructor for assistance.