What if I get caught?
  • You may have to repeat the assignment
  • You could be suspended
  • You ruin your school's reputation
  • You may fail the course
  • You lose your credibility
  • You lose people's trust
Always
  • Use your own words
  • Give credit to your sources
  • Be accurate to the original meaning
Do Your Own Work
Never!
  • Rework someone else's paper or buy from paper mills
  • Use the author's sentences and replace words with synonyms
  • Forget to acknowledge a source
  • Change the meaning of a passage

Learn how to correctly cite sources by reading up on the American Psychological Association (APA) style. You can find more information on APA style in the Student Success Center's Writing Resources page.

Did you hear Bobby Failed? He copied Mary's Report!

Lichtenstein, R. (1965). Girl With Hair Ribbon

Lichtenstein, R. (1963). In the Car

Menager-Beeley, R. & Paulos, L. (2006). Understanding Plagiarism: A Student Guide to Writing Your Own Work. Boston: Houghton Mifflin

Academic Integrity

Students of Wilmington University are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic pursuits. It is inappropriate conduct to falsify the results of research; steal the words, phrases, or ideas of another; cheat or attempt to cheat on an examination; or to aid, assist, or allow another to commit an act of academic dishonesty. Acts of academic dishonesty are serious offenses.

Additional information may be found in the Wilmington University Code of Conduct.