What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is when you use someone else’s ideas as your own or do not acknowledge the author/source. To combat this, you’ll need to give the author credit in the form of in-text citations, quotations, and reference citations. Pay attention to the subtleties of citation (APA or AMA), because even if you list a reference or put something in quotes, if it’s not fully attributed, then you are still plagiarizing.

Why is plagiarism such a big deal?

Think of plagiarism as stealing what someone else worked hard to make. Ideas are the creative products of an author or group of authors. You wouldn’t steal a painting from an artist that took years to make, so don’t do the same to the writers, speakers, or researchers you come across in your courses. Make sure they are compensated for their work by citing them.

At its base, scholarship is about the sharing and exchange of ideas, so as long as you play by the rules of attribution, you’re encouraged to build upon and borrow what other people have said and found. This means you should feel free to explore and examine other people’s ideas, but always give them credit.

What if I’m not sure if I’m plagiarizing or citing properly?

The great thing about being part of HSEWI is that you have plenty of faculty, staff, and resources to help you format your work properly and answer any questions about potential plagiarism. Never hand in an assignment with questions of plagiarism. You should ask your instructor, the HSEWI writing specialist, Tom Donohue, or our program librarian (Lisa Lapointe) for help and they will be more than happy to assist. Always reach out and you’ll never have to worry!

Bellevue College’s Policies and Procedures

Prohibited Student Conduct

The college may impose disciplinary sanctions against a student who commits, or aids, abets, incites, encourages or assists another person to commit, an act(s) of misconduct, which include, but are not limited to the following:

Academic Dishonesty.  Any act of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication.

Plagiarism includes taking and using as one’s own, without proper attribution, the ideas, writings, or work of another person in completing an academic assignment.  May also include the unauthorized submission for credit of academic work that has been submitted for credit in another course.

Fabrication includes falsifying data, information, or citations in completing an academic assignment and also includes providing false or deceptive information to an instructor concerning the completion of an assignment.

Disciplinary Sanctions and Terms and Conditions

The following disciplinary sanctions may be imposed upon students found to have violated the student conduct code.

Disciplinary Warning: A verbal statement to a student that there is a violation and that continued violation may be cause for further disciplinary action.

Written Reprimand: Notice in writing that the student has violated one or more terms of this code of conduct and that continuation of the same or similar behavior may result in more severe disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Probation: Formal action placing specific conditions and restrictions upon the student’s continued attendance depending upon the seriousness of the violation and which may include a deferred disciplinary sanction. Probation may be for a limited period of time or may be for the duration of the student’s attendance at the college.

Disciplinary suspension: Dismissal from the college and from the student status for a stated period of time. There will be no refund of tuition or fees for the quarter in which the action is taken.

Dismissal: The revocation of all rights and privileges of membership in the college community and exclusion from the campus and college-owned or controlled facilities without any possibility of return. There will be no refund of tuition or fees for the quarter in which the action is taken.



Last Updated January 10, 2020