Archived: Reading up before writing up: plagiarism & cheating

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Plagiarism; it’s a hot topic on campuses across Canada. Academic misconduct can have serious consequences for your education, so make sure you read up before you write up!

Plagiarism is a type of academic misconduct that occurs when a person claims someone else’s work as his or her own. However, there is more to academic misconduct than plagiarism alone.

Cheating is another type of academic misconduct, which includes collaborating on an assignment meant to be completed independently, or reusing your own work from a past course without permission from your instructor.

As a student, it is your responsibility to be familiar with the definitions of both plagiarism and cheating, as defined in the MRU Student Conduct Guide.

If you’re facing stress and pressure in writing an essay, ask for help – the earlier the better.

• Talk to your instructor about your concerns or deadlines. Instructors are here to help you succeed.
• Book an appointment with an Access Advisor from Accessibility Services (Y201) to have a conversation about academic accommodations.
• Learn more about time management, organization, procrastination and essay writing strategies from Student Learning Services (T123).
• Talk to someone; a friend, another student or a family member. Student Counseling (U216) is available as well. Someone else might see solutions you hadn’t considered.

If you are facing a Code of Conduct allegation, speak to the Student Advocacy Coordinator.

For more information on plagiarism and cheating, check out the Student Advocacy Resource Library.