Archived: Reading up before writing up: plagiarism & cheating

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By Andrea Davis, Student Advocacy Coordinator

Plagiarism; it’s a hot topic on campuses across Canada. Plagiarism is a type of academic misconduct that occurs when someone claims someone else’s work as his or her own. However, it doesn’t stop there; other types of plagiarism are referred to in the MRU Student Conduct Guide and are important to know.

So, what about work you’ve completed from a past course? Using your own work, if it’s been graded and you haven’t asked your instructor for permission to use it may not be plagiarism, but it is cheating. There are serious academic consequences to both plagiarism and cheating.

If you’re facing stress and pressure in writing an essay, get 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 (U 216) is available as well. Someone else might see solutions you hadn’t considered.

Read the MRU Student Conduct Guide >>

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