Plagiarism And The Ethics Of Plagiarism

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Many scholars and parents have heard the term “plagiarism” while talking about writing essays, poems, and other works. Plagiarism is defined as “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one 's own” by Merriam-Webster dictionary. While plagiarism may be denoted as stealing one’s work without credit, a more vast and broad definition usually applies to college level work. Every college and university has their own handbook and code of conduct on what exactly “plagiarism” is defined as, and what are the consequences for breaking these rules. Collin College’s “Scholastic Dishonesty”, Boston University’s “Academic Conduct Code”, and Yale College’s “What is Plagiarism?” all have different perspectives as to what “plagiarism” is and how it is defined.
Collin College’s “Scholastic Dishonesty” is set up in six sections, four having bolded first words, showing what each paragraph is about. The wording in the sections are very formal; making it seem as though to steal someone’s work to be childish or immature. The tone, set by the wording and overall flow of the sentences, is very serious; it makes it seem as though committing one of these crimes is as bad and just as serious as committing murder. The list of scholastic dishonesties, general scholastic dishonesty, plagiarism, cheating, and collusion, is very open ended. Collin College even goes as far as saying “while specific examples are listed below, this is not an exhaustive list and scholastic dishonesty may…

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