Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.
According to U.S. law, the answer is yes. The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file).
Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed, and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source, is usually enough to prevent plagiarism.
Reprinted with permission from: http://www.plagiarism.org/plag_article_what_is_plagiarism.html
See https://northgatech.edu/policy/Policies/05-04-03.htm and scroll down to Academic Misconduct
"Plagiarism is prohibited. Plagiarism is the taking, using, quoting, and/or re-writing of another’s words, statements, or ideas without giving credit to the original author; in other words, it is literary theft. Plagiarism is also defined as the purchase of an entire work, such as an essay, from an outside source and submitting it as original work. Students who are found to have committed blatant plagiarism will receive a grade of “F” for the course; the penalty for accidental plagiarism may include a grade of zero on the assignment."
Students need to familiarize themselves with what constitutes plagiarism. Some (but not all) examples follow:
1. Quoting one or more passages from a source and failing to cite (give credit to) the original author(s)
2. Paraphrasing one or more passages from an outside source and failing to cite (give credit) the original author(s)
3. Purchasing an assignment and submitting it as the student’s own work
4. Having another person write the assignment for the student and then submitting it as the student’s original work
5. Copying and pasting outside material into a document without giving proper credit to the original author(s)
6. Keyboarding information from an outside source and submitting it as original work OR failing to give credit to the original author(s)
Plagiarism can be further categorized into blatant plagiarism and accidental plagiarism.
Some (but not all) examples of blatant plagiarism include:
1. Willfully and blatantly copying sections of another’s work and submitting it as the student’s own
2. Purchasing the work from another and submitting it as original work
3. Using a work that has been previously submitted for a grade in another class without asking consent from the current instructor
Students committing blatant plagiarism will face disciplinary action up to and including failure of the course.
Some (but not all) examples of accidental plagiarism include:
1. Failing to include the parenthetical documentation at the end of the quote or paraphrase
2. Failing to include a source on the Works Cited page
The penalty for committing accidental plagiarism is at the instructor’s discretion but may include receiving a zero on the assignment.
Reprinted from the NGTC 2016-2017 College Catalog, Student Affairs section under Academic Misconduct.