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Columbia College's Plagiarism and Cheating Policy states:
"Plagiarism (the presentation of another’s words, ideas, or creations as one’s own) is regarded as a serious offence at Columbia College. Associated dishonest practices include cheating, the faking or falsification of data, and the uttering of false statements in order to obtain unjustified concessions."
Understanding and avoiding plagiarism is critical for your education. As a student at Columbia College, you are expected to submit original work and provide citations when you use other people's words or ideas.
Plagiarism and cheating can result in:
The resources in this guide will introduce you to plagiarism and help you complete the Avoiding Plagiarism lesson in Moodle. After completing the lesson, you'll be able to confidently:
Define plagiarism and recognize the different types
Understand why it's important to avoid plagiarism
Develop skills to help you avoid plagiarism
Understand academic integrity and your responsibilities as a student