E. AUP Policy on Plagiarism

1.      Definition

“Researchers do not claim words and ideas of another as their own; they give credit to whom it is due.” (APA Ethics Code Standard 8:11, Plagiarism, p.15)

“The key element of this principle is that authors do not present the work of another as if it were their own work. This can extend to ideas as well as written words. If authors model a study done by someone else, the original author should be given credit.” (APA, 2010, p.16)


American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed). Washington, DC.

2.   Academic Responsibility

Similar to cheating, plagiarism is to be treated as a grave offense especially in the conduct of academic research and reporting. The teacher/professor of the subject is entrusted with the responsibility to campaign against, check, record, and report acts of plagiarism. The act must be continuously discouraged and must remain as an important meterstick in judging the quality of the student’s scholarship and academic pursuit.

3.   Procedures

In the event that a student commits plagiarism as proven by the teacher, the following guidelines will be implemented:

a.      First Offense, Verbal Warning

 The teacher makes a record of the student’s case and reports it to the student's department chair. The department chair and/or the teacher gives the student a verbal warning.

b.      Second Offense, Written Reprimand

In the account of a previous offense, the student who commits plagiarism for the second time will be reported to the department chair who issues a written reprimand noted by his College Dean. The copy of the student’s record and the written reprimand will be kept on file for future reference.

c.       Third Offense, Report to SSO

The student who commits plagiarism for the third time will be reported to the SSO for disciplinary action.