As defined by University Rule 3335-31-02, plagiarism is the representation of another’s work or ideas as one’s own; it includes the unacknowledged word for word use and/ or paraphrasing of another person’s work, and/ or the inappropriate unacknowledged use of another person’s ideas. Plagiarism is one of the most serious offenses that can be committed in an academic community; as such, it is the obligation of this department and its instructors to report all cases of suspected plagiarism to the Committee on Academic Misconduct. After the report is filed, a hearing takes place and if the student is found guilty, the possible punishment ranges from failing the class to suspension or expulsion from the university. Although the existence of the Internet makes it relatively easy to plagiarize, it also makes it even easier for instructors to find evidence of plagiarism. It is obvious to most teachers when a student turns in work that is not his/her own and plagiarism search engines make documenting the offence very simple. To preserve the integrity of OSU as an institution of higher learning, to maintain your own integrity, and to avoid jeopardizing your future, DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!
Always cite your sources.
Always ask questions before you turn in an assignment if you are uncertain about what constitutes plagiarism.
Always see your instructor if you are having difficulty with an assignment.