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Plagiarism: VGCC Plagiarism Policy

Hints and resources for students and faculty on how to detect and avoid plagiarism.

VGCC Plagiarism Policy and Procedures

VGCC Plagiarism Policy and Procedures

Taken from the Student Code of Conduct in the VGCC Catalog.

Policy

The college recognizes plagiarism as defined in Black’s Law Dictionary as “the deliberate and knowing presentation of another person’s original ideas or creative expressions as one’s own.” Plagiarism will not be tolerated at Vance-Granville Community College.


Faculty will state the College’s definition of plagiarism on course syllabi. Individual departments/programs and instructors may have more stringent plagiarism standards, and in this case, the department/program/ course standards shall be clearly stated on the syllabi and shall be followed. Faculty will apply the policy and procedures consistently.


Class Procedure


A. Following the first recorded incident of plagiarism in a class:

The instructor records a zero for the student on the assignment and informs the student of the zero grade due to the plagiarism or cheating incident. The instructor refers the student to the Academic Success Center for coaching on how to recognize and how to avoid future incidents of plagiarism. This first incident will be documented by the completion of the college’s Report of Plagiarism/Cheating Form and an email will be sent to the student’s VGCC email address to advise him or her of this violation of the College’s Plagiarism Policy. Reports of Plagiarism/Cheating are maintained by the Academic Dean with oversight of the course in which the violation occurred.

B. Following the second recorded incident of plagiarism in the same class:

The instructor records a zero for the student on the assignment and informs the student of the zero grade. The instructor records a zero for the student on the assignment and informs the student of the zero grade. This first incident will be documented by the completion of the college’s Report of Plagiarism/Cheating Form and an email will be sent to the student’s VGCC email address to advise him or her of this violation of the College’s Plagiarism Policy. The instructor also informs the student that an F grade will be recommended for the course. Academic Deans maintain copies of all reports of cheating/plagiarism. In the event of two or more instances of plagiarism/cheating within the same class or in multiple classes within the same semester, the Academic Dean collects appropriate documentation from the instructor(s) and meets with the Vice President of Student Learning, Engagement and Success to determine appropriate sanctions which may include loss of credit for the course(s).

 

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