Students must have a thorough understanding of the University’s standards for academic honesty. Presenting another’s words or ideas as your own (intentionally or unintentionally) is plagiarism and constitutes a serious offense. One way to think about your studies is as a long, sustained conversation with your contemporaries, your teachers and peers, and thinkers, writers and scientists who have gone before you. In order to make your part in this conversation clear, you must cite those whose work, contemporary or historic, has influenced your project. This does not necessarily detract from the individuality of your work, but it does locate you in a larger, ongoing intellectual context. For example, if your thoughts on Plato have been influenced by a class lecture or discussion, you should cite it. Similarly, you should provide citations for writings you may have come across online if they have had a role to play in your analysis of a particular topic.
Students who are confused or unsure about the proper use and acknowledgment of sources for specific assignments should consult with their instructors before submitting an assignment.