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Plagiarism: Academic Integrity@Tribeca Flashpoint

Tribeca Flashpoint College's Academic Integrity Policy

Students are responsible for knowing and following all rules of Tribeca Flashpoint College and all rules for each course in which they are enrolled. Rules for a course are found in the course syllabus. Tribeca Flashpoint College expects all students to fulfill assignments and complete tests independently and honestly. Tribeca Flashpoint College will penalize any student found guilty of cheating,  plagiarizing and all other forms of dishonesty.

“Cheating” refers to the use of unauthorized assistance in completing coursework. Unauthorized assistance may include the use of printed material, computer files, equipment, personal notes, or other people.

Plagiarism “is the offering of words or ideas of another person as one’s own” (J.D. Lester, Writing Research Papers, 4th Ed., Scott, Foresman & Co., p. 95). It includes the use of direct or paraphrased material without proper documentation or attribution.

Other forms of dishonesty may include falsely claiming to have done work, misrepresenting reasons for not completing assignments or taking examinations as scheduled, and submitting the same work in more than one course.

Consequences of Plagiarism

An instructor who discovers any student cheating, plagiarizing, or committing other forms of dishonesty may take such action as s/he deems warranted, including a failing grade for the assignment, test, or course. The instructor will report such action in writing to the Dean of Students.The report will be entered into the student’s official record for possible disciplinary action that may include academic probation, suspension, or in extreme or repeated cases, expulsion.


Self-plagiarism is possible and it's just as serious.

Self-plagiarism, or "double-dipping," is deception and goes against the core principles of ethical writing. Papers are assigned for you to demonstrate what you have learned in a particular class. If you reuse a paper you wrote for a previous class, you are not demonstrating new learning.

Examples of self-plagiarism:

  • Turning in a paper for a current class that you already submitted as an assignment for a previous class
  • Using a substantial amount of a paper written for another course as content for a new assignment
  • Treating anything you've previously written as if it were new material

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