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Faculty Support: Plagiarism


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Turn It In

The library is no longer in charge of Turnitin - the college's plagiarism prevention service. Instead it has been integrated into Canvas.

For assistance with, contact the Center for Innovation and Design (CIDL) -

The following links may be of assistance:

Plagiarism - FAQs

1. How can I prevent plagiarism?

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! This can be done in several ways.

  1. Use, the university’s online paper review site. Just knowing their papers will be checked can overcome most temptations. (For more information on, please see Frequently Asked Question 3 below -  What is and how do I use it?)
  2. Make it difficult to plagiarize by breaking your assignment down into stages, with partial grades at each stage. This prevents last minute plagiarism brought on by desperate procrastinators.
  3. Make students provide copies of their sources. If they can’t provide a copy of the source, it may have been somebody else’s source. This also prevents “fabrication,” something cannot catch.

2. What do I do if I detect an act of plagiarism?

According to the Student Handbook, (located on the university web site under Students > Student Live)

      “Acts of academic dishonesty are never to be ignored or overlooked for any reason.” 

The steps of procedure to follow and the penalties for plagiarism are spelled out under the heading Academic Dishonesty. The penalties are:

  • A student guilty of the first offense of academic dishonesty will receive as a maximum penalty a grade of “F” for the course. Lesser penalties will be left to the discretion of the instructor. Allowing a student accused of a violation to withdraw from or drop the course is not an appropriate action.
  •  A student guilty of the second offense of academic dishonesty will receive a grade of “F” for the course, may be suspended

If you have never dealt with this issue before, you may wish to review the written policy and then discuss the situation with your Dean.


3. What is and how do I use it?

The university subscribes to an anti-plagiarism site called for evaluating the originality of student papers.
NOTE: is now integrated into Canvas.

  • For technical assistance, contact the Center for Innovation and Learning (CIDL) -  
  • For practical assistance, your department head should be able to direct you to someone with proficient skills.

The site provides user manuals, quick start guides and online training videos for both students and faculty.