Cheating and Plagiarism

ECC has a zero tolerance policy for cheating and plagiarism. Plagiarism is academic theft and is a highly serious offense both within the college community and in civil law. A student found guilty of plagiarism will receive an automatic grade of “F” for the entire course in which the plagiarism occurs, and additional disciplinary sanctions may be imposed against the student.

If You Suspect Cheating or Plagiarism

Cases of plagiarism, suspected plagiarism, or being accomplices to plagiarism should initially be handled between the student and the instructor of the course. While plagiarism or assisting in plagiarism will not be tolerated under any circumstances, it is also recognized that sometimes errors occur on the student’s part due to poor scholarship or inexperience and could be used as a further educational opportunity by the instructor of the course. In these cases, formal charges of plagiarism or cheating may be avoided. The instructor may require that the student’s assignment be rewritten or resubmitted. The extent of the penalty for the resubmission is up to the instructor of the course.

Every instructor will encounter cheating and plagiarized material.  If you suspect a student has plagiarized, be sure to clearly document everything. If the work is written and you are unable to confirm it through your own research, a reference librarian can complete a more exhaustive search for you.  You will need to leave an anonymous copy of the suspect paper with him or her for investigation.

If you suspect a student has copied the work of a classmate, make photocopies of both students' work. It is recommended to provide the student(s) with the proof you've gathered. Some faculty even provide students with the opportunity to admit to the cheating in written form.

The official ECC policy on plagiarism

Plagiarism defined

Plagiarism is the presentation of another person’s written words or ideas as one’s own. Students are guilty of plagiarism if they submit as their own work:

  • part or all of a written assignment copied from another person’s manuscript or notes
  • part or all of an assignment copied or paraphrased from a source, such as a book, magazine, pamphlet or electronic document, without giving proper documentation
  • a paper purchased from any vendor
  • reusing or modifying a previously submitted paper for a present assignment without obtaining prior permission from the instructors involved
  • the sequence of ideas, arrangement of material, pattern of thought of someone else, even though it is expressed in the student’s own words; plagiarism occurs when such a sequence of ideas is transferred from a source to a paper without the processes of digestion, integration and reorganization in the writer’s mind, and without acknowledgement in the paper.

Students are guilty of being accomplices to plagiarism if they:

  • allow their paper, in outline or finished form, to be copied and submitted as the work of another
  • prepare a written assignment for another student and allow it to be submitted as that student’s own work
  • keep or contribute to a file of papers with the clear intent that those papers will be copied or submitted as work of anyone other than the author; students who know their work is being copied are presumed to consent to its being copied.

Link: official ECC policy on plagiarism