CSUN POLICY ON PLAGIARISM
The following material is quoted from the University Catalog
Source: California State University, Northridge "Appendix C, Policies on Nondiscrimination and student conduct" in Univeristy Catalog <http://www.collegesource.org/displayinfo/catalink.asp>(accessed 16 October, 2001)
From page 544
41301. EXPULSION, SUSPENSION AND PROBATION OF STUDENTS. Following procedures consonant with due process established pursuant to Section 41304, any student of a campus may be expelled, suspended, placed on probation or given a lesser sanction for one or more of the following causes which must be campus related. Taken together those causes constitute the STUDENT CONDUCT CODE. (a) Cheating or plagiarism in connection with an academic program at a campus ."
From page 553-554
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY The maintenance of academic integrity and quality education is the responsibility of each student within this university and the California State University system. Cheating or plagiarism in connection with an academic program at a campus is listed in Section 41301, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, as an offense for which a student may be expelled, suspended, or given a less severe disciplinary sanction. Academic dishonesty is an especially serious offense and diminishes the quality of scholarship and defrauds those who depend upon the integrity of the campus programs. Such dishonesty includes:
A. CHEATING (see catalog for details)
B. FABRICATION (see catalog for details)
C. FACILITATING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY (see catalog for details)
D. PLAGIARISM Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or work of another as ones own in any academic exercise.
1. Direct Quotation: Every direct quotation must be identified by quotation marks, or by appropriate indentation or by other means of identification, and must be promptly cited in a footnote. Proper footnote style for any academic department is outlined by the MLA Style Sheet or K. L. Turabians A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations. These and similar publications are available in the Matador Bookstore and at the reference desk of the Oviatt Library.
2. Paraphrase: Prompt acknowledgment is required when material from another source is paraphrased or summarized in whole or in part in your own words. To acknowledge a paraphrase properly, one might state: to paraphrase Lockes comment . . . and conclude with a footnote identifying the exact reference. A footnote acknowledging only a directly quoted statement does not suffice to notify the reader of any preceding or succeeding paraphrased material.
3. Borrowed Facts or Information: Information obtained in ones reading or research which is not common knowledge among students in the course must be acknowledged. Examples of common knowledge might include the names of leaders of prominent nations, basic scientific laws, etc. Materials which contribute only to ones general understanding of the subject may be acknowledged in the bibliography and need not be immediately footnoted. One footnote is usually sufficient to acknowledge indebtedness when a number of connected sentences in the paper draw their special information from one source. When direct quotations are used, however, quotation marks must be inserted and prompt acknowledgment is required.