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As an intellectual community, Wabash requires the highest standards of academic honesty. Faculty report all cases of academic dishonesty to the Dean of Students. The penalty for a first offense is decided by the professor and reported to the Dean of Students. The penalty for the second offense is expulsion from the College. Student appeals of determinations of academic dishonesty may be made to the President of the College.
Acts of academic dishonesty may be divided into two broad categories: cheating and plagiarism. Cheating may extend to homework and lab assignments as well as to exams. Cheating is defined in three principal ways: copying from other students or from written or electronic materials; providing or receiving unauthorized assistance to or from another student; and collaborating on take-home assignments without faculty authorization.
Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of someone else's material. There are three common kinds of plagiarism. One is to use the exact language of a text without putting the quoted material in quotation marks and citing its source. A second kind of plagiarism occurs when a student presents as his own without proper citation, the sequence of ideas or the arrangement of material of someone else, even though he expresses it in his own words. The language may be his, but he is presenting and taking credit for another person's original work. Finally, and most blatantly, plagiarism occurs when a student submits a paper written by another, in whole or in part, as his own.