Plagiarism Policy

  1. All new students are provided a tutorial regarding Plagiarism in their first term course 512, Introduction to Professional Writing and Portfolio. Students who were admitted prior to 512 being a required course are encouraged to review the plagiarism tutorial on the Writing Center’s web page.
  2. For the purpose of this policy, plagiarism is defined as the use of another author’s ideas or statements without properly acknowledging the source of these ideas or statements.
  3. To avoid plagiarism, students must: a) turn in their own work and b) give credit to the origin of information within their work. Adler Graduate School uses Unicheck to prevent plagiarism.
  4. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, claiming the following as your own:
  • Another person’s ideas, opinion, or theory;
  • Any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings – any pieces of information – that you did not generate and are not common knowledge;
  • Quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words;
  • Paraphrasing of another person’s spoken or written words;
  • Written papers found on “pay for papers” sites;
  • Ideas, quotes, or visual information from the World Wide Web.
  • Plagiarism is not tolerated at Adler Graduate School. The below procedures summarize the steps taken when plagiarism is detected.


1. Suspected Plagiarism

  • Instructors will inform students verbally or in writing that plagiarism is suspected.
  • Students will have the opportunity to meet with their instructor to discuss the suspected plagiarism and review the evidence.

2. Confirmed Plagiarism: If the detected plagiarism is confirmed it will be documented and sanctions will be enforced. Sanctions may include one or all of the following:

  • Refusal to accept the work for credit (the student would have to do the work over from the beginning in order to have it count toward the final grade);
  • A grade of zero will be given for the assignment, without the opportunity to resubmit the work;
  • Student may receive an NC (no-credit) for the course. In this case, the student will have to retake the course.
  • Student may be dismissed from Adler Graduate School.

3.   When plagiarism is confirmed, the instructor will immediately inform the Program Chair that plagiarism has occurred, and the Chair and instructor will together decide on the most appropriate sanction.

4.   Program Chairs will immediately inform the Director of Academic Affairs of all cases of egregious plagiarism (e.g. where the student knowingly and intentionally committed plagiarism), and the Director will be involved in the sanctioning process. In all cases, plagiarism will be communicated to the Director of Academic Affairs, who will maintain a record of all plagiarism cases.

5.  A warning letter will be sent to the student and a copy of the letter will remain in the student’s education record.

6.  Additional educational lessons on plagiarism may be required before the student enrolls in additional courses at Adler Graduate School.