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Introducing the new Plagiarism Policy King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for the Health Sciences Ms. Carrie Aldrich and Ms. Amy Golden


I. Statement of Philosophy • We want to create an environment in which academic and scholarly integrity is maintained at the highest standards. • This means that students should be honest and avoid plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty. • Academic dishonesty in any form is considered a serious offence from professional, ethical and religious perspectives.


II. Definition of Plagiarism • Plagiarism involves the unauthorized use of someone else's work or ideas and representation of them as one's own original work. • • • •

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The following are considered specific acts of plagiarism (Rockler-Gladen, 2006): 1. Putting one's name on someone else's paper. Examples of this include college essay plagiarism websites and using terms papers from a friend.

2. Putting one's name on someone else's phrases. Even using just a few sentences or phrases from a book or website is plagiarism if the original author is not credited for the work.


3. Putting one's name on something that is paraphrased. Paraphrases of someone else's work need to be cited just as a direct quote would.

4. "Recycling" old material. Slightly modifying the contents of one assignment to meet the requirements of another assignment is considered to be plagiarism.


5. Failure to put a quote in quotations

marks, or providing incorrect information about where a source came from. Although these may seem to be simple errors, they are still counted as plagiarism.

6. Translating material on a translation

website (e.g. Google) and then not providing a reference for the translation. This is considered to be plagiarism since the work of translating was not the student's own.


If in doubt… •

It is always better to put the citation.

You can ask your teacher.


III. Consequences of Plagiarism • First Offense Applicable to all Semesters: – The student will be given a verbal warning from the course instructor, as well as a brief reminder of the definition, seriousness, and consequences of plagiarism. – The student will be required to repeat the assignment. – A report will be made to the Academic Integrity Committee.


• Second Offense: Applicable to Semester Two and above • The student’s work will automatically be assigned a score of ‘0’ on the assignment. • He/she will be referred to the Chairperson of the respective department for further reprimand. • A report will be made to the Academic Integrity Committee and the offense will be documented in the student's record.


• Third Offense or Higher: Applicable to Semester Two and above – He/she will automatically be assigned a score of ‘0’ on the assignment. – The student will be given a written warning and referred to the Associate Dean (for males) or Assistant Dean (for females) for further reprimand. – A report will be made to the Academic Integrity Committee and the offense will be documented in the student's record.


IV. Plagiarism Appeals Committee A. Upon the second (or more) plagiarism offense, the student will have recourse to convene a committee to appeal the assigned grade of ‘0’ for the work if he/she feels he/she has not plagiarized. – This request must be made in writing and submitted to the Chairperson of the Academic Integrity Committee within one week of the incident.


B. The Appeals Committee: • Will be comprised of the Chairperson of the Academic Integrity Committee and three other instructors. • Two of the committee members will be selected from the Academic Integrity Committee and one from outside of the committee. • At least one of the instructors on the Appeals Committee should be a writing instructor. • None of the instructors should be teaching the student at the time of the offense.


C. Purpose of the Appeals Committee: • To make an objective decision as to whether or not the student has actually produced plagiarized work and to apply the consequences if appropriate. • Information regarding the plagiarism, the plagiarism policy, and the appeals committee will be provided to students during the orientation process.


V. Safe Assign •

Your teacher may require you to submit your assignments through Safe Assign.

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Even if your assignment is not submitted through Safe Assign, your teacher may use it, or any other method to check your work and referencing.


VI. Referencing • The Vancouver Style of Referencing should be used consistently throughout the University Pre-Professional Program.


Prepared by the Academic Integrity Committee:

Dr. Aisha Hamdan, Chairperson Dr. Jeelan Moghraby Dr. Rabih Al Kaysi Ben Niedbalski Sulaiman Jenkins Carrie Aldrich Amy Golden Bruce Doig With the supervision and assistance of: Dr.Abdulmohsen Alkushi Associate Dean University Pre-Professional Program King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

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