Plagiarism Policy

IMPORTANT: The plagiarism policy information provided herein supersedes any other plagiarism policy information found in this course shell.

Academic Honesty Policy


A fundamental tenet of all educational institutions is academic honesty; academic work depends upon respect and acknowledgment of the research and ideas of others. Because Charter Oak State College is a nontraditional college, and because some of the student's work may be done at a distance, upholding academic integrity is of utmost importance. Charter Oak State College expects students and its faculty to uphold high standards of academic honesty in their scholarship and learning.

To this end, Charter Oak State College provides information about various web sites that will help students write research papers, provides free tutoring for those who need assistance in writing research papers, and offers a one-credit research writing course. Faculty make it clear on their course syllabi what constitutes academic dishonesty and the staff make it clear in publications and on the website.

When an instructor receives academic work from a student, the instructor expects the work to be that of the student, therefore:

  1. A student shall not receive credit for work that is not the result of the student's own effort or for work that is falsified. A student who is in doubt regarding standards of academic honesty in a course or assignment should consult the faculty member responsible for that course or assignment before submitting the work. A student's lack of understanding is not a valid defense to a charge of academic dishonesty.
  2. A student's name on any written assignment (e.g., examination, report, thesis, project, computer program, laboratory report, etc.) or in association with an oral presentation constitutes a representation that the work is the result of that student's own thought and study, stated in the student's own words, and produced without the assistance of others, except as quotation marks and references accurately acknowledge the use of other sources, including sources found on the internet.
  3. Since many of our courses require group projects, it is important to clarify with the instructor which assignments can be turned in by the group and which must be the work of the individual student.
  4. Unless permission is received in advance from the faculty member in charge of the course involved, a student may not submit, in identical or similar form, work for one course that has been used to fulfill any academic requirement in another course at Charter Oak State College or any other institution. If a student perceives the possibility of overlapping assignments, the student should consult with the appropriate faculty. At Charter Oak State College, faculty are encouraged to use a software package that checks for plagiarism. This software package becomes a database for all papers ever turned in. Therefore if a student's paper has been submitted to the database for checking, if it or a similar paper had been turned in before, the results of the review of the new paper will show that a previous similar or identical paper had been submitted for another course.


Charter Oak uses electronic monitoring to check students papers for plagiarism. Currently Charter Oak is using the plagiarism detection website, Turnitin. When a paper is submitted to for review, the paper becomes part of the database. If the paper has already been submitted to, it will check the second paper against the first paper and it will show line by line the similarities in the two papers and calculate the percentage of similarity. Students are strongly encouraged to submit all written assignments to Turnitin to avoid the sanctions associated with plagiarizing threaded discussions, written and oral assignments. Please review the sanctions associated with any form of plagiarism located in the Charter Oak State College catalog.


Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Plagiarism is defined as the submission of work by a student for academic credit as one's own work of authorship which contains work of another author without appropriate attribution. It is further defined as the intentional or unintentional use of data, ideas, written or spoken words without giving appropriate credit to the original source, even if the information from the source is paraphrased or in a modified format.

    Since assignments vary in purpose, the instructor will stipulate the relationship between original thought/work (data and reasoning) that will be required in each assignment.

  2. Copying from another person's paper or exam responses, or receiving unauthorized aid from a person during an exam, allowing someone to copy from your paper, or using unauthorized materials during an exam;
  3. Providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation (papers, projects, and examinations);
  4. Attempting to improperly influence any member of the faculty, staff, or administration of the college in any matter pertaining to academics or research;
  5. Using another person as a substitute in any form of academic evaluations or doing unauthorized academic work for which another will receive credit; and
  6. Sharing of logon and password information.
  7. Presenting the same or substantially the same papers or projects in two or more courses without the explicit permission of the instructors involved.

If a student knowingly assists another student in committing an act of academic misconduct, such student shall be equally accountable for the violation and shall be subject to the sanctions outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

  • First Offense - A student who has a first offense of academic dishonesty on any assignment (e.g., essay, quiz, test, paper, discussion, oral assignment, group project, or project) will receive a grade of F and 0 points and a warning from the instructor. However, if it is on the final exam or project, they will receive an F for the course.
  • Second Offense - The sanction for a second offense in the same course is a failure of the course involved. If it is a second offense, but the first offense occurred in a different course, the student will still receive an F for the course in which the student currently plagiarized.
  • Third Offense - Ordinarily, the sanction for a third offense of academic dishonesty is expulsion from the College. In all cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor will notify the student and the Provost and or designee.

Instructor's, Proctor's and Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator's Roles

Instructors will seek to be clear in their course syllabi what constitutes plagiarism and cheating, and indicate when students can submit joint work for evaluation. The Charter Oak Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Coordinator will seek to make it clear in the materials on portfolio preparation and individual course assessment what constitutes plagiarism and cheating, and the penalties for such actions. Charter Oak State College proctors will, orally and/or in writing prior to the exam, inform examinees of test administration security standards and remind the students of the penalties for cheating. However, students are expected to be familiar with the requirements of the Student Code of Conduct with respect to academic integrity, and any alleged inadequacy of a syllabus or other printed information is not a valid defense to such a charge.

If, during the course of an examination, an instructor or proctor observes suspicious behavior, the student shall warn the individuals involved regarding the appearance of their actions and request them to cease any suspicious actions immediately. If the behavior continues, it may be considered evidence of academic misconduct.

When an instructor or the PLA Coordinator believes there is sufficient evidence of academic misconduct, the instructor shall notify the accused student in writing (and orally if possible) that unless the student requests a hearing in writing to the Provost within thirty (30) business days to contest the instructor's belief, the instructor shall impose the appropriate academic consequences warranted by the circumstances. A copy of such written notification and action taken shall also be sent to the Provost.


Any cheating in courses, on credential evaluations or exams, or plagiarism shall result in an F for the course.

Plagiarizing Threaded Discussions: If a student plagiarizes a threaded discussion post and it is his/her first offense, the student will receive a warning and zero points for that threaded discussion. The second time a student plagiarizes a threaded discussion post the student will receive a grade of "F" for the course.

Plagiarizing Written Assignments -- The first offense for plagiarizing a written assignment (research paper, report, presentation, etc.) will result in a warning and zero points for that assignment. If the plagiarized written assignment is the student's final paper, the student will receive a grade of "F" for the course. If a student's draft paper is plagiarized, and if points are given for the draft, the student will receive 0 points.

Plagiarizing Oral Assignments -- The first offense for plagiarizing an oral assignment (report, presentation, etc.) will result in a warning and zero points for that assignment. If the plagiarized assignment is the student's final for the course, the student will receive a grade of "F" for the course. If a student's draft/practice presentation is plagiarized, and if points are given for the draft/practice presentation, the student will receive 0 points.

In portfolio assessment, plagiarism or falsifying documentation will result in dismissal from the portfolio process and no refund of money. If the plagiarism has occurred in 6 credits or less, the student would not be able to reapply for portfolio assessment for one year. If it has occurred in 6-12 credits, the student shall be barred from resubmitting for two years. If it has occurred in 13 credits or more, the student shall be barred from resubmitting for five years.

Breach of security and/or cheating by a student on a standardized examination will result in cancellation of test scores. Cheating on course examinations will result in an F for the test and may result in receiving an F for the course.

If a student is a matriculated student at Charter Oak State College, other sanctions could also be imposed. A breach of security in test administration will result in cancellation of test scores.


If the student wishes to contest the sanctions, the student may request a hearing in writing directed to the Provost within ten (10) business days of being informed of the sanction. The hearing process is outlined in Section 4 F of the Student Code of Conduct. If the hearing process, including the appeal process is not completed before the end of the term, the student will receive a grade of incomplete (I) until final resolution of the issue.

Adopted: May 20, 2004

Plagiarism & at Charter Oak State College

Charter Oak State College uses an electronic monitoring application,, to check students’ papers, documents, and threaded discussion posts for plagiarism. Your instructor may upload your work to for review, or require that you do so yourself.

By enrolling in a Charter Oak State College Course, all enrolled students thereby agree and affirm that;

  1. all papers submitted for credit may be submitted to for the detection of plagiarism, which is determined by assessing the degree of textual similarity between the submitted paper(s) and all the papers contained in's extensive databases; and
  2. all papers submitted to will thereafter be retained in's database for the sole purpose of determining whether future papers submitted to have been plagiarized.

Use of the service is subject to the "Terms of Use" Agreement posted on the website.

When a document is submitted to for review, the document becomes part of the database. If the document has already been submitted to, or locates a similar document, it will check the second document against the first document. An "Originality Report" is provided to the instructor showing line by line similarities in the two documents along with a calculated percentage of similarity. will also check the submitted document against millions of other documents and web pages on the Internet and report similarities to those sources.

If you are not sure whether something requires citation, you should consult with the instructor. You should realize that an act of plagiarism may include some degree of premeditation or may be the result of carelessness or ignorance of acceptable forms of citation. The act is plagiarism in any case and is a violation of the Charter Oak State College academic honesty policy. You, therefore, must be conscious of your responsibility as a scholar under the honor system, to learn to discern what is included in plagiarism as well as in other breaches of the academic honesty policy, and must know and practice the specifications for citations in scholarly work. The minimum penalty for the first instance of academic dishonesty in this course is failure of the course.

All cases of documented plagiarism and appeals of this policy must be directed to Dr. Shirley Adams, Provost at

Resources for Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism

To learn more about recognizing and preventing plagiarism in academic writing, visit these resources:

Again, if you are not sure whether something requires citation, you should consult with the instructor.

Getting Started with

Your instructor will notify you if it is your responsibility to upload your work to In this case you need to set up your account on Your instructor will provide a class ID number and class enrollment password. You cannot submit work to without this information.

To create your account and enroll in your course, click here and follow the directions for new students.

Tip: It is recommended that you disable pop-up blockers when using the site. Before use, review the complete system requirements.

Submitting a Paper to

Please note Charter Oak State College requires that no personal identifying information (name, social security number, birthdate, etc.) be included on student work submitted to Please make sure that you do not include any personal identifying information on any document you submit to

If your instructor directs you to upload a document to, follow these steps (or view this video):

  1. Go to
  2. To log in, enter the email address and password you used when you set up your Turnitin account, and click Sign In.
  3. Click the name of the course.
  4. Click the Submit button next to the name of the assignment you are to upload. (If you don’t see the assignment, contact your instructor.)
  5. Enter a title for your submission. Please see note above regarding personal identifying information.
  6. Click the Browse button and locate the file on your computer or storage device. Note: accepts MS Word, WordPerfect, RTF, PDF, PostScript, HTML, and plain text (.txt) files.
  7. Click the Upload button.
  8. On the Preview page, review the first few lines of text to verify that you have selected the correct file for upload. If the file shown is not correct, click Return to Upload Page to go back and select the correct file. If the file is correct, click Submit. You must complete this step in order for your file to be fully uploaded to Turnitin!
  9. Turnitin shows you a digital receipt confirming your document has been uploaded. You will also receive an email copy of the receipt, which you should save for your records.
  10. Click View Portfolio.
  11. If your instructor has allowed you to see Turnitin's originality report for your paper, then view the class portfolio, and click "Show Details" to see the report. The report will take between a few minutes to up to 24 hours to generate. It is up to the instructor to determine whether the report is available for you to review.
  12. When you are finished using Turnitin, click Logout at the top right corner of the page.

Important: In addition to submitting the document to, you may also need to upload the file to the course shell in Blackboard! Check the course shell for instructions or ask your instructor if you are not sure.

Help with

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