Bard College Student Handbook

Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty

To plagiarize is to “steal and pass off as one’s own the ideas, words, or writings of another.” This dictionary definition is quite straightforward, but it is possible for students to plagiarize inadvertently if they do not carefully distinguish between their own ideas or paper topics and those of others. The Bard faculty regards acts of plagiarism very seriously. Listed below are guidelines to help students avoid committing plagiarism.

  • All work submitted must be the author’s. Authors should be able to trace all of their sources and defend the originality of the final argument presented in the work. When taking notes, students should record full bibliographical material pertaining to the source and should record the page reference for all notes, not just quotations.
  • All phrases, sentences, and excerpts that are not the author’s must be identified with quotation marks or indentation.
  • Footnotes, endnotes, and parenthetical documentation (“in-noting”) must identify the source from which the phrases, sentences, and excerpts have been taken.
  • All ideas and data that are not the author’s must also be attributed to a particular source, in either a footnote, endnote, or in-note (see above).
  • Bibliographies must list all sources used in a paper. Students who have doubts as to whether they are providing adequate documentation of their sources should seek guidance from their instructor before preparing a final draft of the assignment.

Penalties for Plagiarism / Academic Dishonesty
Students who are found to have plagiarized or engaged in academic dishonesty will be placed on academic probation. Additional penalties are as follows.
  • Failure in the course in which plagiarism or dishonesty occurs
  • Denial of the degree, in cases involving a Senior Project
  • Expulsion from the College for a second offense

The following penalties may be imposed on a student who writes a paper or part of a paper for another student (even if this is done during a formal tutoring session):
  • Loss of all credit for that semester and suspension for the remainder of that semester
  • Expulsion for a second offense

Any student accused of plagiarism, academic dishonesty, or writing for another’s use may submit a written appeal to the Faculty Executive Committee. Appeals are ordinarily submitted in the semester in which the charge of plagiarism is made; they will not be considered if submitted later than the start of the semester following the one in which the charge of plagiarism is made. The findings of this body are final.

Students may not submit the same work, in whole or in part, for more than one course without first consulting with and receiving consent from all professors involved.