Hendrix College and Plagiarism

Here at Hendrix College, we value both honesty and integrity in the academic setting. Here are a couple of frequently asked questions about what plagiarism is and how students can avoid it.

What is Plagiarism?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, plagiarism is the action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own or literary theft.

Why Does it Matter?

Hendrix College is committed to high standards of honesty and fairness in academic pursuits. Such standards are central to the process of intellectual inquiry, the development of character, and the preservation of the integrity of the community.

Hendrix College is an environment intended not only to cultivate an active interest in the liberal arts but also to serve as a place for students to begin taking responsibility for their own actions. In keeping with this mission, the faculty and students of Hendrix College have adopted a set of standards and procedures designed to:

  • guarantee the integrity and value of each student’s work
  • demonstrate the student body’s commitment to serious academic pursuits
  • foster a capacity for ethical decision-making
    involve students and faculty mutually in the academic judicial process
  • specify the procedures to be followed for incidents of academic dishonesty Academic Policies 40 Hendrix Catalog 2008-2009 
  • help create a supportive and fair learning environment
  • cultivate an on-going dialogue about academic values within the Hendrix Community.

What Does Hendrix College Consider Plagiarism?

Violations of the standards of academic integrity may take one of the following forms: 

  •  Plagiarism, which involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another’s idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper or project (or any portion of such) prepared by another person.
  • Cheating on examinations, laboratory reports, exercises, or projects that are to be done by individual students; giving or receiving answers and/or materials pertinent to any academic work without permission of the instructor.

  • Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with any academic work of another student.
  • Collusion with other students on work that is to be completed by an individual student.
  •  Lying to or deceiving faculty.
  • Violating particular standards as determined and explicitly outlined by individual faculty members on a course by course basis. These particular standards should be clearly indicated on the syllabus for each course.

What Happens if a Student is Accused of Plagiarism?

Students accused of plagiarism have the option to a trial before the Board of Academic Integrity. For specific procedural details, refer to the  Academic Polices section  of the Hendrix College 2008-2009 Catalog pg. 42-45.

Fun Facts

  • The Latin form of the word plagiarism means to kidnap or abduct.
  • The average number of papers a Hendrix College student writes is: 28
  • "Copy from one it's plagiarism; copy from two it's research." -- John Milton
  • "Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats." -- Howard Aiken
  • "I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter" -- James Michener