Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism will not be tolerated at AGS.  For purposes of AGS policy, plagiarism is defined as the use of another author’s ideas or statements without properly acknowledging the source of these ideas or statements. If plagiarism is documented and confirmed, sanctions may include penalties up to and including expulsion for students and termination for faculty members.  In general, a first instance of plagiarism will result in sanctions, including a “NC- No Credit” grade for the class, warning letter, and compensatory education concerning plagiarism.  A second instance of plagiarism will result in a mandatory six-month leave of absence with compensatory requirements.  A third instance of plagiarism will result in dismissal from the school.

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use:

  • Another person’s ideas, opinion, or theory;
  • Any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings – any pieces of information – that are not common knowledge;
  • Quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words;
  • Paraphrasing of another person’s spoken or written words;
  • Ideas, quotes, or visual information from the World Wide Web

Important concepts:

  • Common Knowledge – facts that can be found in numerous places and are likely to be known by many people.  You do not need to document these facts.  However, you must document facts that are not generally known and ideas that interpret facts.
  • Quotation – using someone’s words.  When you quote, place the passage you are using in quotation marks, and document the source according to a standard documentation style.
  • Paraphrase – using someone’s ideas, but putting them in your own words.  This is probably the skill you will use most when incorporating sources into your writing. Although you use your own words to paraphrase, you must still acknowledge the source of the information.
  • AGS supports the use of APA format and standards for all written coursework, and encourages the purchase, by students, of an APA format and standards text at the outset of one’s AGS career.  The adoption of APA format and standards is meant to pre-empt plagiarism.