Plagiarism is a violation of academic integrity. It includes copying textual content as well as presenting another’s ideas or images without citing the source. Students need to obtain the knowledge, work ethic, and skills necessary to achieve personal and professional fulfillment, and contribute to the advancement of profession. Students accomplish this only through the development and expression of their own ideas.
Levels of Plagiarism
The following levels of plagiarism violation are as follows:
- Level 1: Presents a paper, assignment, or problem set written by someone else as the student’s own work due to ignorance or inexperience.
- Level 2: Presents a paper, assignment, or problem set written by someone else as the student’s own work intentionally and willfully.
- Level 3: Repeats a Level 2 violation.
- Level 4: Multiple repeats of a Level 2 violation.
Penalties for Plagiarism
- Level 1
- Student receives an academic warning that goes in the student’s file and is allowed to resubmit the assignment.
- Instructor may assign a grade for the assignment that includes a penalty of a percentage of the grade (10% – 50%) or no grade penalty may be given.
- Level 2
- Student receives an F (0%) grade for the assignment.
- Student may not resubmit the assignment.
- Level 3
- Student receives an F (59%) for the course and the student may retake the course.
- Level 4
- The student is suspended or expelled from program and University.
Although American Sentinel University recognizes that students may be unfamiliar with proper posting and citation requirements in the online environment, the expectation is that the faculty members help students learn how to properly cite information so students avoid violations. Faculty and students are held accountable to our strict no-tolerance policy regarding plagiarism in the academic environment.
Faculty member will select the consequence of a plagiarism issue in Level 1 and 2 violations. Level 3 and 4 violations will be handled by the dean of the respective program. The treatment of an instance of plagiarism should reflect an evaluation of the nature of the problem.