Definitions / Plagiarism

The Purdue Calumet Student Handbook prohibits “dishonesty in connection with any University activity.” Academic dishonesty includes “cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University,” and may be subject to administrative action or disciplinary penalties.

The following are among definitions of academic dishonesty that are recognized by the University:


Intentional Plagiarism
Deliberate use of another author’s research, ideas, or language without acknowledging the source through footnotes, quotations, or reference.
Inadvertent Plagiarism
The improper, but accidental, use of another’s ideas, words, or data without identifying the source. Inadvertent plagiarism typically occurs when the student fails to distinguish between direct quotes and general observations when doing research.

Types of plagiarism include:

Complete Plagiarism
Submitting an essay or report that has been written by someone else. This includes using the services of a commercial term paper company.
Direct Plagiarism (Word-for-Word)
Copying of another’s writing without the use of quotation marks and without identifying it in a footnote, both of which are necessary.
Paraphrased Plagiarism
An abbreviated restatement of another person’s analysis or conclusion, without acknowledging the source.
Mosaic Plagiarism
Lifting ideas, phrases, and paragraphs from a variety of sources and joining them together without careful identification of their sources. The result is a mosaic of other people’s ideas and words.
Lazy Plagiarism
Includes the use of a footnote, but no quotation marks for a direct quote, the use of footnotes or material quoted in another source as if they were the results of your research, and inadequate footnoting which leaves out sources or page references.
The use of an essay or report for one course to satisfy the requirements of another course. A student must receive the instructor’s approval to use a previously completed assignment. If you want to use similar assignments to satisfy the requirements of two related courses, you must receive approval from all of the instructors concerned.