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How to Recognize Plagiarism

IST Policy on Plagiarism

The Code of Conduct for the Qualifying Examinations in IST (1999) states:

A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, words, or statements of another person without appropriate acknowledgment. A student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge an indebtedness whenever he or she: quotes another person's actual words; paraphrases another person's actual words; uses another person's ideas, opinion or theory; or borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative material, unless the information is common knowledge. (

In all cases, faculty are obligated to report incidents of plagiarism to the Dean of Students, along with a description of what sanctions have been imposed on the student. A representative of the Dean of Students then decides if additional sanctions will be imposed against the student. Possible sanctions include academic probation, and suspension or expulsion from the university. If a student is already on probation, a second report of plagiarism is very likely to result in suspension or expulsion.

The consequences of plagiarism can be one or more of these:

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