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. Read the college's definition of academic dishonesty at

The possible penalties for academic dishonesty include:

Read Valencia's procedures for Academic Dishonesty from the Policy Manual at