Core Humanities at the University of Nevada

Plagiarism is a serious form of academic misconduct and students may face severe consequences for plagiarizing in Core Humanities classes. The Academic Standards section of the university catalog defines plagiarism as “submitting the language, ideas, thoughts or work of another as one’s own; or assisting in the act of plagiarism by allowing one’s work to be used in this fashion.”

Plagiarism does not just mean copying someone else’s entire paper or article. “The work of another” includes any material used in your assignments and essays that was written by others. Copying brief phrases or sentences from books, articles, internet sites, documents, or other sources without letting your reader know where they came from is a form of plagiarism. You must properly acknowledge your use of other people’s words by placing them in quotation marks and citing all sources used in your paper. Even if you paraphrase someone else’s ideas and do not quote them directly, you still must acknowledge your source. Citations should also be given for little-known facts and statistics.

Citations generally include the author’s name, title of the work, and page number, and may appear in parentheses within the body of the essay or in a footnote. You should also include a bibliography at the end of your paper listing the full publication information for all sources used (e.g., author’s name, title of the work, publication place, publisher’s name, and date of publication). Be sure to follow any specific guidelines your instructor provides for citing sources, or ask your instructor how to cite sources if you are not sure. Unintentional as well as intentional plagiarism can land you in trouble, so make sure you understand what plagiarism is and how to properly cite sources. There is a very helpful video tutorial linked from the sidebar on the right that can provide further guidance.

The university’s Academic Standards policy lists the following possible punishments for plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty:

(1) filing a final grade of “F”; (2) reducing the student’s final course grade one or two full grade points; (3) awarding a failing mark on the test or paper in question; (4) requiring the student to retake the test or resubmit the paper.

The most common punishment applied in the Core Humanities program is to file a final grade of F. All incidents of plagiarism are reported to the Office of Student Conduct and become part of the student’s academic record.

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