Defining Plagiarism

Plagiarism is using someone else's words, ideas, pictures or other original content without acknowledgment.

Students often think that it is not a big deal to

without acknowledging the source of the words, picture or idea.

But all of these uses are plagiarism, and plagiarism can have severe consequences.

At Valencia (and most colleges in the United States) plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty.

You will notice throughout this tutorial we cite all images and words that are not our own. The figure and its citation below are examples of following the rules for citation.


Figure 1. Image of Academic Dishonesty Policy Statement. Adapted from Valencia College. Office of Policy and General Counsel. (2007, December 11). Policy: 6Hx28:8-11:

Academic dishonesty policy statement. Retrieved from


The full text of Valencia's Policy for Academic Dishonesty can be found here.


The possible penalties for academic dishonesty at Valencia include: