Montgomery College students are expected to write with accuracy and integrity. Thus, when a student writes a paper, creates a project, prepares a presentation or produces anything original, it is assumed that all the work, except that which is attributed to another author or creator, is the student’s own. Students should avoid plagiarism and cheating in any form, including assisting others in committing academic dishonesty. The College is committed to imposing appropriate sanctions for breaches of academic honesty.
Plagiarism (using the words, images, or original thoughts of another without proper attribution) takes many forms and often includes, but is not limited to, excluding proper documentation when:
- copying another’s information word-for-word;
- paraphrasing or summarizing inaccurately;
- using an image or a copy of an image or video;
- failing to use quotation marks for directly quoted material unless using block quotes or other accepted formats; and
- incorrectly documenting a source.
In an examination situation, including take-home examinations, cheating involves:
- using tests or other material without permission;
- receiving excessive help from a friend or elsewhere;
- using another project as if it were your own;
- submitting materials that are not your own;
- taking examinations in the place of another student, including assessment tests; and
- copying from another student during an examination
For more information about Montgomery College's Academic Dishonesty policy, read MC's Student Code of Conduct.