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Academic Honesty and English 101

In the university setting, we expect academic honesty and we enforce the rules. Plagiarism is essentially presenting the work of someone else as if you wrote it yourself, so it is a form of dishonesty. It does not matter if you are lifting material from a book which you paid for, quoting an article from Wikipedia (which comes to you free), or getting a friend to write the paper for you. If you didn't write it and you say you did, you are being dishonest.

Why students plagiarize

Ashland University rules

This situation is like the tax laws or the drunk driving laws. You are expected to know and obey the rules. It's no defense to say, "I just wasn't aware." Professors across the university take plagiarism very seriously, so it's not just an English class issue. (Do you want an illustration? Go to the Ashland home page, and search for the word "plagiarism." Then notice how many different departments are represented in the results.)

Link to Ashland University Academic Integrity Policy

Please note that several different offenses are called "plagiarism."

University rules require that your instructor report every instance in which academic dishonesty resulted in the lowering of a grade. Thus, if a student shows evidence of dishonesty in more than one course, his/her academic career might well be in jeopardy.

A proactive plagiarism approach

Few students come to college and say to themselves, "I think I'll cheat my way through this place." The temptations, however, are enormous. The workload is intense; the dormitory social setting does not encourage study; the folks back home expect instant 100% success. To help you create quality, honest content, this course will take several steps:

  1. The assignments, as much as possible, will be topics you cannot simply Google. If there's already a paper or web page out there, some of you will be tempted to copy and paste.
  2. We will set intermediate goals for the papers. Even though the dormitory legends say that everyone writes in the last fifteen minutes before the paper is due, that's not the way to get a good paper, but it is a great way to tempt people to dishonesty.
  3. If you submit a paper that does not match your usual style or that shows other marks of being ghost-written, you might well be asked to explain the discrepancies.
  4. Each of you should frequently use the Ashland University Writing Studio. If you know how to generate quality content on your own, you will be much less tempted to plagiarize.

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Revised 12/30/17 • Page author: Curtis Allen • e-mail: