Plagiarism is a form of cheating and has serious consequences. If you use or present someone else’s words, ideas or work without appropriate acknowledgement of the source‚ you are guilty of plagiarism. Acts of plagiarism will not be tolerated, and they have serious consequences, even when committed by accident. You will receive a mark of zero (0) for the assessment in which plagiarism was found to occur. For cases of repeated plagiarism or severe plagiarism, you could fail your course and face disciplinary action.
Plagiarism can be avoided by properly citing the sources you use. You can consult with any of the BCM program’s English language instructors on how to do this. A variety of resources can be found online, such as Reference & Citation in Writing // Purdue Writing Lab and Citing Basics – Citing Your Sources – Research Guides at Williams College Libraries. Each instructor may have his/her preferred style of reference, but APA is probably the most widely accepted.