Intentional Plagiarism

Intentional plagiarism happens when you claim to be the author of work that you know was originally written completely or in part by someone else.

The following are examples of intentional plagiarism:

  • purchasing a pre-written paper by mail, online, or in person
  • letting someone else write part of all of a paper for you
  • turning someone else' unpublished work as your own
  • turning in work done as a group that you participated in as yours alone
  • turning in work done by you for another class without documenting that it was previously used
  • making up bogus citations


Intentional plagiarism is an especially egregious offense since it, by definition, is committed deliberately, usually with an awareness that it violates academic integrity guidelines. Instructors and administrators take cases of intentional plagiarism extremely seriously, in part because they find this type of blatant cheating offensive to the integrity of their classrooms and the institution. Avoiding intentional plagiarism is easy: Do your own work at all times, and give co-authors or group members credit for aid they have given you. In short, don't cheat.

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