This guide contains resources to help you learn about and avoid plagiarism.


Welcome to the Plagiarism research guide.

After reviewing the information on this guide, you should:

  1. define plagiarism
  2. identify the academic and legal consequences of plagiarism
  3. judge whether you are using someone's work appropriately or not in order to avoid plagiarizing

Why you should care about plagiarism!

As a student, academic integrity is fundamental to your education and is the foundation you build to establish ethical standards for your future professional career.

The university community expects students to conduct themselves in an appropriate, ethical, honest, trusting and mutually respectful manner. Students are expected to behave courteously towards their instructors and fellow students, and to communicate honestly by doing their own written and oral presentations, art work,software development, etc. If part of a team, the student is expected to collaborate equitably and to shoulder their share of the assignment.   

The University of Utah Student code states that "Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, cheating, misrepresenting one's work, inappropriately collaborating, plagiarism, and fabrication or falsification of information, as defined further below. It also includes facilitating academic misconduct by intentionally helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic misconduct."

Plagiarizing is a serious academic offense and can result in a student being sanctioned. The Student Code addresses academic sanctions. “Academic sanction means a sanction imposed on a student for engaging in academic or professional misconduct. It may include, but is not limited to, requiring a student to retake an exam(s) or rewrite a paper(s), a grade reduction, a failing grade, probation, suspension or dismissal from a program or the University, or revocation of a student's degree or certificate. It may also include community service, a written reprimand, and/or a written statement of misconduct that can be put into an appropriate record maintained for purposes of the profession or discipline for which the student is preparing.”



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