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Philosophy Department Policy on Plagiarism

The Loyola Philosophy Department has adopted an official, department-wide policy concerning plagiarism.

As for the question of what constitutes plagiarism, the department refers to the University Bulletin, which states:

"Plagiarism is defined by Alexander Lindley as 'the false assumption of authorship: the wrongful act of taking the product of another person's mind, and presenting it as one's own' (Plagiarism and Originality).

"Plagiarism may take the form of repeating another's sentences as your own, adopting a particularly apt phrase as your own, paraphrasing someone else's argument as your own, or even presenting someone else's line of thinking in the development of a thesis as though it were your own." (MLA Handbook, 1985).

The departmental policy requires that every case of plagiarism receive all three of the following sanctions:

  1. A report of the incident to the Department Chair and the Associate Dean
  2. A zero on the particular assignment
  3. A failing grade in the course