Writing Program Academic Integrity Policy

The Rutgers University Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as “the use of another person’s words, ideas, or results without giving that person appropriate credit.”  In Writing Program courses instruction is given and emphasis is placed on attribution and citation skills.  Intentionally committing plagiarism is a serious offense that results in severe consequences.  Writing Program instructors are required to report students who intentionally violate this policy to the Director of the Writing Program and to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs.   

The most common academic integrity violations by writing students are:

  • “Copying word for word (i.e. quoting directly) from an oral, printed, or electronic source without proper attribution.”
  • “Paraphrasing without proper attribution, i.e., presenting in one’s own words another person’s written words or ideas as if they were one’s own.”
  • “Submitting a purchased or downloaded term paper or other materials to satisfy a course requirement.”

The Rutgers University Academic Integrity Policy establishes levels of violations and recommends sanctions.  Depending upon the severity of the case and the level of the violation, the sanctions for these violations include: failure in the course, mandatory participation in a series of noncredit academic integrity workshops, and/or suspension. 

If you are in doubt as to what constitutes plagiarism or are concerned that you are misappropriating someone’s words or ideas, speak immediately with your instructor. For more information, you can also consult the Rutgers University Academic Integrity Policy, which can be found at:

http://judicialaffairs.rutgers.edu/files/documents/AI_Policy_Effective_9_01_2011.pdf.