RULES GOVERNING STUDENT LIFE
APPENDICES OF THE STUDENT JUSTICE SYSTEM APPENDIX A: STEALING
Stealing includes, but is not limited to, the following: 1. Cable TV theft. 2. Defrauding any type of telephone system. 3. Taking books or other library materials out of the library without checking them out at the desk, depending on the interpretation of the evidence and intent by the President of Student Government. 4. Removing any section of library material, such as tearing or cutting a page, or pages, or part(s) of a page. 5. Unauthorized access to, or use of, the College computer files, including attempts to gain unauthorized use or access. Unauthorized use of a computer is defined as using someone else’s account or someone else’s file without the permission of the account holder, the owner of the file, or a computing center official. 6. Taking of a bicycle without the express permission of the owner.
APPENDIX B: PLAGIARISM PLAGIARISM AND THE PROPER DOCUMENTATION OF WRITTEN WORK Plagiarism, which is a violation of the Honor Code, is presenting as one’s own the writing or research of others. Three devices used to avoid plagiarism are quotation marks, citations, and lists of Works Cited. Quotation marks must be used to acknowledge all direct (word-for-word) quotations, no matter how short, especially of striking words and phrases. For long quotations (usually four lines or more) indentation of the quoted lines is a standard substitution for quotation marks. Neither quotation marks nor citations are used when both the idea and its wording come from the student’s own mind, as the products of creative or analytical thought. Citations are also not required when the statement is common knowledge. Common knowledge is to be understood as those easily verifiable facts available in the experience of educated persons and in a standard desk dictionary (e.g., the birth and death dates of a prominent person cited in a biographical entry
in a standard dictionary or encyclopedia). But common knowledge does not include the content of encyclopedia articles, for these are often original scholarly works, sometimes even signed by the author; encyclopedia articles must therefore be documented if used. In a particular field of study, common knowledge may have a wider application; it may include, for example, certain basic assumptions regarding textual criticism in Biblical studies, even though the same assumptions would not be common knowledge in another field. Note that all borrowings from electronic sources—for example, from CD-ROMs, email, or the World Wide Web—must be acknowledged like other primary and secondary sources. Consult the Rhetoric handbook or ask your instructor about the proper form for such documentation. Properly formed citations with a list of Works Cited in correct Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), or Chicago bibliographic form at the end of the essay must be used to acknowledge the source of direct quotations; of any borrowed fact, idea, or concept; or of any copied table, chart, diagram, or other arrangement of facts or statistics (see the Rhetoric Program handbook for details about the different documentation styles). Similarly, proper documentation is necessary for material from sources that are paraphrased or summarized (note that paraphrase means “to put entirely in one’s own words,” not merely to alter a word or two here and there). On some occasions for a particular assignment, a professor may allow her or his students to omit documentation, especially if the assignment specifies the sources to be used. Those students, however, must not assume that such allowance permits them to ignore on other occasions the standard practices of documentation in writing and scholarship. Every writer should keep in mind that his or her name as author on a paper, whether submitted to a professor in a course or to an editor for publication, is an implicit claim to full authorship of the contents; readers have the right to expect authors to point out any exceptions to full authorship. When in doubt, always acknowledge the source or ask your professor for assistance.
The Student Handbook of Hampden-Sydney College