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Plagiarism: Responsibilities

This guide provides a brief overview of plagiarism for the OUHSC community.

Faculty Responsibilities

Faculty should:

  • Define the purpose of each assignment and include clear expectations
  • Identify the grading criteria for the assignment
  • Explain plagiarism and the consequences of using the work of others without credit
  • Emphasize that when using words or ideas appropriate credit must be given
  • Clarify that students are expected to produce thoughtful, original work reflecting inquiry, research, and analysis
  • Indicate when plagiarism software will be used by faculty and/or students
  • Utilize drafts, outlines, introductions, descriptions of research, and oral presentations to help reduce plagiarism
  • Support the student throughout the assignment including research, writing, and analytic phases

Student Responsibilities

 Students should: 

  • Incorporate a balance of previous works, with proper citation, and your analysis in papers and projects
  • Cite the works of others; always give credit where credit is due
  • Evaluate included works; do not copy
  • Take good notes when conducting research including the information necessary to appropriately credit others
  • Remember that each assignment is a learning process and the purpose is to reflect your work


How do you avoid plagiarism?

  • It is easy to avoid plagiarism if you always cite the sources you use. Citing sources not only gives the appropriate credit to the original creator of the work but it also allows those reading your work to refer back to the sources you consulted.
  • The format of your citations, as well as the precise information that needs to be included in each citation, is governed by specific rules outlined in style manuals. Consult the Citation Styles LibGuide to find out more.