College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


The School of Applied Human Sciences and the Division of Family Studies & Gerontology take academic ethics seriously. Plagiarism is an offense that will not be tolerated.

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" is to:

  • steal and pass off another's ideas and words as one's own
  • use another's work without giving credit to the source
  • commit literary theft
  • present an idea as original when it is derived from  source that already exists

The following are examples of plagiarism:

  • paraphrasing text from a source without properly acknowledging or citing the source
  • copying word for word from a source without using quotations marks and properly acknowledging the source of the text
  • paraphrasing extensive portions of another's work, even with citation
  • purchasing a paper or assignment from a commercial organization or another individual
  • turning in the work of another individual as one's own work

Possible consequences for plagiarism may include (but are not limited to):

  • no credit for an assignment
  • being assigned a make-up assignment more difficult than the original assignment
  • completing an assignment on academic ethics
  • having a letter placed in a student's file in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
  • disciplinary failure of the course
  • expulsion from the university

Please be aware that facilitation is also a violation of the academic ethics policy. Facilitation is intentionally providing assistance to a student committing a violation of ethical standards.

As a UNI student, you are responsible for knowing UNI's policy on academic ethics ( Ignorance of the policy is not an excuse for plagiarism or other academic ethics violations.

The following resources may be helpful: