Plagiarism Statement

The Theatre Department uses the English Department's Plagiarism Policy


The English Department’s Statement on Plagiarism

Plagiarism, the misuse of source materials, is unacceptable in student work. At the discretion of the instructor, the penalty for plagiarism may be a grade of zero credit, “F,” with no opportunity to rewrite. Subsequent plagiarism, at the discretion of the instructor, shall be grounds for failure of the course. Plagiarism is cheating. It is unethical and a violation of the Sinclair Honor Code.


There are a variety of types of plagiarism; common types include:


1. Student submits a paper wholly or in substantial part using the exact phrasing of source material. In-text parenthetical documentation and quotation marks fail to make clear the degree of borrowing.


2. Student submits a paper closely paraphrased from source material; i.e. the original source material is simply edited with perhaps minor word changes occurring. There is an absence of reorganization of the source.

Example: Source says: “The inflated style is in itself a kind of euphemism. A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outlines and covering up all the details. The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.”

Plagiarized condensation says: “The inflated style is a kind of euphemism. A bunch of Latin terms falls on the facts like soft snow. The opponent of clear language is, thus, insincerity.”


3. Student submits a paper closely paraphrased from source material, splicing together sentences from scattered segments of the original. Phrasing of the original is little, if any, changed. This constitutes patchwork plagiarism, whether documented or not, unless direct quoting has been indicated.

Example: (Source is The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing, 6th ed.)

Patchwork plagiarism says (using material on page 557): To help readers understand what is being said in an essay, writers often provide a thesis statement early in the paper. (Then skipping to page 559, it adds more plagiarism): Some thesis statements also include a forecast which overviews the way a thesis will be developed.


4. Student paraphrases or summarizes correctly facts or ideas from a source, but fails to cite the source by using internal documentation.


5. Student cuts and pastes information from an Internet site.


6. Student submits a paper written by another student, a spouse, or colleague, etc.


7. Student copies source material in total or using the condensation method of paraphrase (#2 above). Dummy documentation to nonexistent source material is sprinkled throughout the essay to give the appearance of bona fide scholarship.