Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty

1) All work submitted in this class should be your own work. If you include any material in your work that is not of your own creation, you must clearly indicate and/or link to the original source. The same rule applies to ideas as well as direct quotes.

If you hand in any work that is not your own and do not provide a source, you have committed plagiarism. The penalty for even a single instance of plagiarism -- even if it was unintentional -- is failure of the course.


2) You cannot include in your blog posts or stories any audio, video, photos, animation, etc. that are not your own work unless you have written permission of the copyright holder of that work. You will receive no credit for the use of such items and you may face legal action from the copyright holder.


3) You cannot recycle material from another class for your assignments for this class, and vice versa. The university policy on academic integrity states it is a violation to submit "substantial portions of the same academic work (including oral reports) for credit more than once without authorization of the instructor(s). What constitutes a 'substantial portion' of the same work is determined solely by the university.

"Typical Examples: Submitting the same or substantially the same work for credit in more than one course without prior permission of the instructor. Building upon or reworking prior work is acceptable with permission of the instructor."

Multiple submissions will result in failure on the assignment and/or failure of one or more courses.

For more on this topic, please review the Towson University Student Academic Integrity Policy and the Mass Communication and Communication Studies Department's Policy on Plagiarism and Cheating. If you have any questions on what constitutes plagiarism, please don't hesitate to ask.