Plagiarism and other academic dishonesty

What is Plagiarism, lying and copying?

Plagiarism is a serious academic offense often caused as a student uses someone else's work as his or her own. Read more at In another form, plagiarism is the incorporation of someone else's work without providing adequate credit or when it is not appropriate

Copying is a form of plagiarism. Plagiarism is an academic dishonesty and so it lying. Dishonesty is a serious offense and in an academic setting it is dealt with severe punishments.

Important notes about plagiarism

  • NSU does not allow plagiarism and has strict policy regarding it.
  • Often student do it unconsciously. A
  • Unaware students plagiarize unintentionally.
  • Sometimes plagiarism might seem socially acceptable as the penalties were not harsh enough.
  • Plagiarism is often easy to identify by using special software to search through digital content including Google search. There are also specialized tools to detect plagiarism like
  • Copying somebody else's content is a form of plagiarism. In such cases, all parties are guilty.
  • Students are responsible for educating themselves about it. 
  • If you let another student copy your coursework both of you are same guilty of plagiarism

Avoiding plagiarism

  • Citing sources properly
  • Do not copy anybody else's content or let anybody copy your content
  • Do not copy paste from the website, textbook or similar
  • Increase you confidence on you skills and knowledge
  • Understanding the fact that plagiarism is not a way to help your fellow student (friends). Consider other methods like group study and similar.


  • You will get an F for the course and you will be reported to the department head
  • If you were unaware of plagiarism then you might appeal for a reconsideration. In such a case
    • You will be required to write a formal letter of apology explaining why you did it and why you will not plagiarize in future
    • You will be required to create/sponsor a 6'x4' or larger poster to raise awareness about the type of plagiarism that you did. Your poster should include both graphics and text including your name, course, section, and instructor information. It should be dispalyed in the NSU common area for no less than a week. You will need to get permission and design/print the poster. Get your posted design preapproved.
    • Your will still get a zero grade for the assignment. If it is a Midterm, you can bring in your parents/guardian for a makeup. 

NB: NSU Policies supersedes any policy described in this website

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