Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism

Penalties for Plagiarism and Your Legal Rights

Plagiarism constitutes academic dishonesty and is both prosecuted and punished at every credible institution in the world. At Colorado State University, failure to do your own work in COCC150, or any other course for that matter—or to plagiarize in any way—is a failure to meet course requirements and is a violation of long established CSU policy regarding Academic Integrity.

The penalties for plagiarism depend upon the degree of gravity. Should you be found guilty, the least is an "F" on a paper. Failing an entire course is also possible and, in cases where the charges are graver, expulsion from the university.

Should you be suspected of plagiarism at CSU, you will be notified in writing. The charges may be disputed in a meeting with the Director of Composition; however, if the matter is not resolved, your case will be handled according to the guidelines set forth in the General Catalog and the handout on "Student Rights and Responsibilities."

It's important for you to know that fair and impartial treatment is your right and that due process is guaranteed. Regardless of the outcome, your case will be held in strict confidence in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Colorado State University's policy on plagiarism can be found in the CSU General Catalog, in the Policies and Guiding Principles chapter under the Academic Integrity heading in the Student Responsibilities section.

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