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MCCS Policy on Plagiarism and Cheating

TOWSON UNIVERSITY

College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies

Towson, MD 21252

410-704-3431

M E M O R A N D U M

TO: All Students in the Department Of Mass Communication and Communication Studies

FROM: Department Faculty

SUBJECT: PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING

Plagiarism

The Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies announce the following policy regarding plagiarism:

1. Any words or images quoted directly from a source must be footnoted and in quotation marks. Similarly, in oral presentations, attributions must be clear.

2. Any ideas or examples derived from a source that are not in the public domain or of general knowledge must be clearly attributed.

3. Any paraphrasing or rephrasing of the words and/or ideas of a source must be footnoted. In oral presentations, attributions must be clear.

4. All papers and presentations must be the student’s own work. Papers or presentations authored by others even with their consent constitutes plagiarism unless such authorship is made to the instructor.

Any student found plagiarizing in any of the above ways will receive an automatic “F” for the assignment and may receive an “F” for the course.

In compliance with Towson University’s policy on students’ academic integrity, documented evidence of the plagiarism will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Civility Education, and a copy will be kept in the department. https://www.towson.edu/provost/academicresources/documents/03_01_00_student_academic_integrity_policy.pdf

Last, any student discovered soliciting others to write a paper, speech, test, or other assignment for that student will receive an automatic “F” for the course.

There are ambiguities in concepts of plagiarism. Each instructor will be available for consultation regarding any confusion a student may have.

Most students are careful to avoid blatant plagiarism, the unacknowledged copying of exact words of the source. However, students must also be aware that the concept of plagiarism extends not only to wording but to patterns or sequences of ideas. If you paraphrase a section from a book without acknowledgement, using the same sequence or structure as the original author, then you are plagiarizing.

Cheating

The Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies has adopted the following policy regarding cheating:

ANY STUDENT CAUGHT CHEATING ON ANY QUIZ OR EXAM WILL RECEIVE A MINIMUM OF AN “F” ON THE QUIZ OR TEST AND A MAXIMUM OF AN “F” FOR THE COURSE.

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