Plagiarism – How to avoid the new penalties Dear Students, Plagiarism is a form of cheating. Plagiarism is when you hand in someone else’s work or ideas as your own. For example, you are writing an assignment for U.S. History - and you cut and paste from Wikipedia – and you do not tell the teacher. So to avoid plagiarism, you must tell your teacher any time you use someone else’s work or ideas. How do you tell the teacher? Usually you can use a citation or reference. Check with your teacher for exactly how they would like to see your citations/references. Some teachers may permit just an in-text citation: In-Text Citation* “...Perhaps the greatest tragedy of the 1968 demonstration is the fact that little has changed in the world of sport; in some respects, the situation has worsened,” (Denham, 2005). The in-text citation is very simple: (Author, year) - it generally only consists of the author’s last name, a comma, and the year of publication. The in-text citation has only the author’s last name - no initials! Always include the year of publication. Other teachers may only require a list of all the references you used, at the end of your assignment. So check with your teacher - before you write your assignment – about how to create citations for your writing assignments. And be careful: since you are doing work on-line, plagiarism may seem like an easy way to cheat. But teachers now have a lot of online tools that can find plagiarism – and the school has new penalties. So be aware: If you get caught on a minor assignment, such as a weekly assignment that is worth less than 10% of the grade, you will get a 0 on the assignment, and your teacher might make you do it again. If the assignment is worth 10% -24% of term grade, you get both a zero - and a Dean’s Warning 3. If the assignment is worth 25% or more, you get a 0, plus all previous assignment grades during term are reduced by 50%, which probably means you will earn an F for the grading period - plus you get Major Warning. So be honest, work hard, and do your best work. That is all anyone can ask of you – and you should do well at Keio Academy. Mr. Baylies Dean of Students *By the way, I used this website(https://monroecollege.libguides.com/c.php?g=589208&p=4073045) for the In-text Citation information above.