Plagiarism is an ethical offense, which includes use of someone else's work without providing proper attribution and passing it off as your own. Plagiarism does not necessarily include copyright infringement, although it can be used as the basis to charge someone with copyright infringement. For example, even though copying one sentence from a short story or article is legal under copyright law, it may still qualify as plagiarism if the source has not been adequately cited.
For guidance on how to avoid plagiarism:
- talk with your instructors;
- seek help from Student Learning Services;
- check out these resources:
For information about the consequences of plagiarism, please review the following:
- Academic Integrity Handout, from the webpage Academic Misconduct
- For graduate students, the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Professional Conduct policy under "Consequences of Academic Misconduct in Coursework"
For more information, please review the Guidelines for Academic Conduct, which are regulated by University Council. If you require further information about plagiarism or student conduct, please contact the Office of the University Secretary.
Copyright infringement is a legal offense and is punishable under federal law. It involves the unauthorized use or distribution of someone else's creative work, which can include writings, songs, video clips, movies, visual art or other creative works. Taking a copyrighted work and making changes to it creates a “derivative work,” which would not be considered a unique work and also would not provide you with full copyright ownership. Exceptions included in the Canadian Copyright Act allow for limited copying of others’ works for specified purposes.For more information about copyright infringement, please visit our What is Copyright? page or contact the Copyright Coordinator.