BMCC Policy Statement on Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s ideas, words, or artistic, scientific, or technical work as one’s own creation. Using the idea or work of another is permissible only when the original author is identified. Paraphrasing and summarizing, as well as direct quotes, require citations for the original source.
Plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional. Lack of dishonest intent does not necessarily absolve a student of responsibility for plagiarism.
The determination of whether the alleged act of plagiarism involves the presentation of another person’s words or work as one’s own is a factual determination. In such instances, the Dean of Students may refer the allegation to the Faculty-Student Disciplinary committee (see Article 15.4 of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees). The determination of whether the alleged act of plagiarism involves the presentation of another person’s ideas as one’s own is an academic judgment. In such instances, the Dean of Students will refer the matter to the appropriate academic department for review. If the department determines that plagiarism has occurred, the department’s designated procedures in terms of grading and grade appeals should be followed.
Students who are unsure how and when to provide documentation are advised to consult with their instructors. The library has guides designed to help students to appropriately identify a cited work.