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Plagiarism Definitions


plagiarism (pla´ j • riz´ • m) n. Taking the literary property of another, passing it off as one’s own without appropriate attribution, and reaping from its use any benefit from an academic institution.

Committing plagiarism is a serious violation of any law school’s code of academic conduct. If a violation is proven, the committee or other body that oversees the code may impose severe sanctions—ones that could affect a grade or credit for the course or even require suspension or expulsion from school. In addition, the school may be required to report the incident to the bar of any jurisdiction to which the sanctioned student applies.

Possible Sanctions

Academic Disciplinary Both Types

Failing grade Suspension Expulsion Temporary notation on student record Permanent notation on student record Public reprimand Private reprimand Denial of certification for moral fitness for sitting for the Bar Combinations of the above Plagiarism Policy Contents Institutionalizing the Fight Against Plagiarism Law School Plagiarism Changing Contexts, Changing Expectations Rules for Working with Authority Plagiarism Exercise Exercise Answer Key Hypotheticals for Class Discussion For Further Reading Student Acknowledgement Form Online Plagiarism Sources Matthew C. Mirow, Plagiarism: A Workshop for Law Students Lawrence M. Hinman, Confronting College Cheating