NOTES ON CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM

Cheating is lying. The school has penalties for cheating and your housemaster has that information. It is part of the job of the school to teach you what is and is not honesty in your assignments, but it is up to you to understand what is required and to act according to that understanding.

 

1. The following are forms of cheating:

  • A. copying answers from others
  • B. dishonestly obtaining answers or other information during tests and quizzes
  • C. dishonestly receiving information about quizzes and tests before they are given
  • D. stealing quizzes, tests
  • E. submitting another's work or ideas as one's own (plagiarism)
  • F. turning in the same work for more than one class without permission
  • 11. The following are some guidelines about how to avoid plagiarism:

  • A. Plagiarism is theft of another person's words or ideas and claiming them as your own.
  • B. If you use someone's direct words -from a book, article, interview, film, tape, etc. -use quotation marks and cite the source.
  • C. If you use someone's ideas, analysis, conclusion -any idea that is not
    original with you, that is not your own -and put those ideas in your own
    words, you must also use a footnote and cite the source. The source may be a
    printed text, an interview, a conversation, a film, TV, etc. If the idea is a
    common one (for example, "Columbus' status as a hero has been questioned;"
    or, "The Civil War had tragic consequences."), or if the fact can easily be found
    in any encyclopedia, you need not cite a source.

  • 111. Now much help can I get with my assignments?

  • A. See your teacher for help on assignments.
  • B. To clarify and exchange ideas, you may discuss what you have to do or what you have done on certain assignments with friends, parents, tutors, etc.; however, if another person gives you his or her analysis of a topic or gives you a solution to a problem, you must give that person credit with a footnote.
  • C. If someone makes substantial changes in the working of an essay, it is not your own work.
  • D. If someone else does reading or research for you, it is not your own work.
  • E. If someone else corrects your technical errors without careful consultation with you, you will not have learned how to do the work correctly and will continue to make those errors. Be careful about this and consult with your teacher about how much of this can and should be done.
  • F. The English Department discourages the use of Monarch Cliff, or comparable notes.