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Addressing Plagiarism: Eastern University's Plagiarism Policy


As found in Eastern University's Student Handbook on pages 35-37 under the area of Biblical Standards of Conduct:

The following is a specific violation of university policy for which students should expect to be held responsible and which will result in disciplinary proceedings:

Academic Dishonesty Defined: The student is responsible to become familiar with acceptable standards for research and documentation and to abide by them. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to:

  •  Plagiarism or presenting words, pictures, ideas, or artwork that are not your own as if they were your own in spoken, written or visual form. In written work, three or more words taken directly from another author must be enclosed in quotation marks and footnoted. The source of distinctive ideas must also be acknowledged in a footnote. The words or ideas of another are not made your own work simply by paraphrasing. A paraphrase, even if acknowledged in a footnote, is unacceptable unless specifically permitted by the instructor.
  • Submitting a paper written by another student or another person as if it were your own.
  • Submitting a paper written by you for another course or occasion without the explicit knowledge and consent of the instructor.
  • Fabricating evidence or statistics that supposedly represent your original research.
  • Cheating of any sort on tests, papers, projects, reports, and so forth.

Penalties for Academic Dishonesty: When academic honesty is violated, according to the definition adopted by the faculty and whatever additional definition the instructor has published to his/her students, the instructor may choose one of the following penalties according to his/her assessment of the severity of the infraction and any extenuating circumstances:

  • Assign a grade of F or zero on the paper, project or examination but allow re-submission, resulting in a maximum grade of C.
  • Assign a grade of F or zero on the paper, project or examination without the opportunity for re-submission.
  • Assign a grade of F in the course.

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