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                                                                                                 Plagiarism Information                                                                                                                                 

 “To plagiarize is to present another person’s works or ideas if they were your own. Plagiarism is like stealing. The word plagiarism comes from the Latin word for kidnapper and literary thief. Plagiarism is a serious offense that can be grounds for failure or a course or expulsion from a college. Plagiarism can be intentional , as when you deliberately incorporate the work of other people in your writing without mentioning and documenting the source. [In more current terms, copy/pasting information from the internet would be considered a gross form of plagiarism.] Plagiarism can also be unintentional---but no less serious an offense---if you are unaware of what must be acknowledged and how to go about documenting. You must acknowledge the source of any words you quote. Along with your documentation, you must always use quotation marks. In addition, you must acknowledge your source when you paraphrase or summarize someone else’s ideas. Writing the words of others in your own words does not release you from your obligation to attribute the material to its originator” (Troyka 511).

Troyka, Lynn Quitman, ed. Simon & Schuster Handbook for Writers. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1987.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating.   The 2013 Verity Middle School Code of Conduct will contain the following provision:


1. Students have been taught the definition and consequences of cheating and plagiarism.

2. Students and parents have signed the pledge, acknowledging that they are aware of the definition and consequences of cheating and plagiarism.

3. When cheating or plagiarism has been accurately identified, the teacher will inform an administrator of the incident. The teacher will also notify the parent/guardian.



1st Offense: Student receives a grade of zero for the specific test or assignment. Student’s name will also be added to a list shared with the advisor(s) of the National Honor Society or other group that takes into consideration academic integrity

2nd Offense: Student receives a grade of “F” for the grading period.

3rd Offense: Student receives a grade of “F” and is withdrawn from the course.

I have read the definition of plagiarism stated above as stated in the student handbook and the provision of the Poland Local School District Code of Student Conduct. I fully understand both the definition of plagiarism and the penalties for cheating and plagiarism.

I pledge that I will not engage in any activity that might be construed as plagiarism, a form of cheating. I will not print, retype, or copy/paste material from the internet and submit it as my work. I understand this also includes rearranging material from the internet or taking sentences from another’s work (or works) and presenting them as my own work. I understand that other behaviors may be defined as plagiarism, and I pledge under no circumstances to engage in any behavior that could be regarded as plagiarism.

Student Signature _________________________________ Date______________________

Parent/Guardian Signature__________________________ Date______________________