The Writing Center

Plagiarism

The CSU Student Handbook describes plagiarism as stealing and/or using the ideas or writings of another in a 
paper or report and claiming them as your own. This includes but is not limited to the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.

Minor infractions comprise those instances of cheating, plagiarism, and/or tampering which affect the grade of an indivdual class assignment or project of lesser (<25% of grade) importance. Multiple instances of minor infractions within a course or across courses constitute a major infraction.

Major infractions comprise those instances of cheating, plagiarism, and/or tampering which affect the overall course grade, such as a major/ comprehensive exam, term paper or project, final grade evaluation, or academic standing and status. Major infractions automatically result in an entry on the student's permanent record that the student has engaged in academic misconduct.

Procedures of reporting plagiarism are described on page 18 of the Student Handbook.

 

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