Approach to Academic Plagiarism
Plagiarism in writing is committed when, intentionally or unintentionally, a student uses another writer’s ideas or words without proper acknowledgment. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations gives the following as instances of plagiarism:
- You cited a source but used its exact words without putting them in quotation marks or in a block quotation.
- You paraphrased a source and cited it, but in words so similar to those of your source that they are almost a quotation: anyone could see that you were following the source word-by-word as you paraphrased it.
- You used ideas or methods from a source but failed to cite it.
Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th ed.
(Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 2007), 77.
BTS takes a serious view of plagiarism and considers it as conduct that puts a student’s character and academic integrity into question. Without exception, plagiarism will be met with appropriate discipline, and carelessness or ignorance will not be accepted as plea. The student shall be responsible to understand what plagiarism is, to be aware of the serious consequences, and to ensure that all his work is free of it.
The seminary will take the following actions to make its stand against dishonesty clear:
- First-time offenders will be required to re-do the paper where the plagiarism was discovered. The final grade of that paper will be reduced by one grade. For example, a paper that is graded with a ‘B’ will be reduced to a ‘B-’. In addition, the student will be given a formal warning and the incident will be recorded and entered into the student’s file.
- Second-time offenders will receive a zero mark ‘fail’ grade for the paper where the plagiarism was discovered. In addition, the student will be given a formal warning and the incident will be recorded and entered into the student’s file as a second-time offence.
- Third-time offenders will face expulsion from BTS.