Did you know that every year several students are charged with the `academic crime' of plagiarism and
have to appear before the Disciplinary Committee at the University of Regina? In the 2009 2010
academic year, out of the 106 charges of `academic misconduct', 71 students were charged with
plagiarism and received various penalties, including being told to leave the University of Regina.
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is a type of academic dishonesty. At Canadian universities, and at universities in many other
countries, the job of a student is to learn from others, BUT to ALWAYS say where the information, the
ideas, or the work comes from, including the Internet. That means the student MUST report in his/her
papers, assignments, or presentations all the people who contributed to the student's work. If the
student does not do this, the student will be accused of `stealing' from others, and that is plagiarism. It
does not matter if the student didn't understand or didn't mean to steal or was careless; plagiarism has
occurred, and the student will be punished.
Students charged with plagiarism could face getting a grade of zero in an assignment, failing a course, or
being suspended from the University.
Universities have established certain ways for students to give credit to others so that students will
avoid this type of academic dishonesty.
· Check with your instructor as to his/her preference for giving credit