The School of the Art Institute of Chicago prohibits "dishonesty such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the School" (Students' Rights and Responsibilities, Student Handbook). Plagiarism is a form of intellectual theft. One plagiarizes when one presents another's work as one's own, even if one does not intend to.
The penalty for plagiarizing may also result in some loss of some types of financial aid (for example, a No Credit in a course can lead to a loss of the Presidential Scholarship), and repeat offenses can lead to expulsion from the School. To find out more about plagiarism and how to avoid it, you can (1) go to the portal, select the "Resources" tab, and click on "Plagiarism" under "Academic Advising and Student Success"; (2) go to the SAIC website, select "Departments, Degrees, and Academic Resources," then select "Libraries," then select "Flaxman Library," and then click on the plagiarism links under the "For Our Faculty" tab; or (3) read about it in the Student Handbook under the section "Academic Misconduct."
The procedures for academic misconduct/plagiarism are described in the 2012–2013 Student Handbook. In summary, if a student is suspected of academic misconduct/plagiarism the faculty member should:
- Review the allegation and discuss it with the student.
- Assign a grade for the project/paper/class as appropriate and inform the student of this in writing.
- Refer the student to the Student Handbook for detailed information about their rights and responsibilities.
- Inform the Department Chair and the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Academic Advising in writing (Paul C Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please download a guide on how to recognize and avoid plagiarism here.
You may also refer your students to this useful quick guide.
*(in some ways this page is a formality with obvious irony)