Plagiarism is the use of someone's words, ideas, and creations without giving them proper attribution. These can include:
Plagiarism can be both intentional and unintentional.
The Wells College Honor Code states:
"Community honor shall be the basis of student government at Wells College. The principle of community honor is based on the pledge of each member of the student body to be honest and trustworthy in the conduct of her or his collegiate life as it is defined or encompassed by the Collegiate Constitution. Wells College students are under community obligation and pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, deceive, or conceal in the conduct of their collegiate life as defined or encompassed by the Collegiate Constitution. Each student is obligated to report violations of community honor involving her or himself to a member of the appropriate judicial body within 24 hours. A member of the student body, member of the faculty, or member of the administration or staff who is witness to a violation (or an admission of a violation) of community honor has the responsibility to urge the offender to report her or himself. If the offender fails to do so, the obligation falls to the witness."
Incidents of plagiarism are a violation of the Honor Code. In addition to penalties imposed by the faculty of the college, students accused of plagiarism will have to appear before the Community Court.
In academia, plagiarism can have serious consequences. It can result in failure of assignments and classes, expulsion, or being fired from your position. Those who plagiarize outside of academia aren't exempt either. Plagiarizing can result in lawsuits, loss of jobs, or a loss of reputation.
Plagiarism comes in many different forms. Here are some of the most common:
"Plagiarism" by sschane. https://imgur.com/gallery/72YZXhx
When you are paraphrasing another's work, it is important that you are putting the work into your own words. Cases of Bad Paraphrasing are considered plagiarism. For example:
Original text: "Traditions are a part of life at Wells. They connect us with each other and the generations that preceded us, providing a sense of timelessness and continuity and a reason to celebrate. The experiences and memories that make up these traditions make us all a part of a special community — and they're really fun!"- from www.wells.edu/student-life/traditions
Bad paraphrase: "Traditions are important to life at Wells. They keep us attached to the students who came before us, creating a sense of unity. The memories and practices of our traditions make us part of a special community. And they're fun!"
This is an example of bad paraphrasing. The structure of the original text was kept for the paraphrasing, and a few words were traded out to replace the words in the original text.
Better paraphrase: "Wells College values their traditions for their ability to create a sense of unity between current students and alumni."