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Academic Integrity & Plagiarism: Plagiarism & Tutorial Info for KPU Students

KPU Policy ST2 on Academic Integrity

At KPU, the same high standards of academic integrity that are central to all research and scholarship are expected from students in their coursework. Any form of cheating is a serious offense that comes with disciplinary consequences: see KPU's Policy ST2, entitled Student Academic Integrity Policy. The related Procedures for Dealing with Academic Integrity Violations offer the following definition of cheating and plagiarism: 

"an act of deception by which a Student misrepresents that he/she or others have mastered information for an Academic Assessment that the Student or others have not mastered."

Some examples of cheating and plagiarism are:

  • using crib sheets
  • copying a classmate's answers in an exam
  • using calculators, dictionaries or other electronic devices in an exam, unless expressly permitted
  • having someone else do part of your work
  • working with others on assignments if told you are to work individually
  • fabricating or falsifying results (for example, in a lab experiment)
  • paying someone to write your paper/buying a paper
  • submitting a paper as your own that was done entirely or partially by someone else, also if you did not pay for it
  • not citing the sources you used
  • citing a source only in text
  • citing a source only in the reference list
  • not identifying direct quotes properly
  • paraphrasing or summarizing information from a source without acknowledgement
  • patchwriting
  • "recycling" a paper

KPU Plagiarism Awareness Tutorial

This tutorial should be viewable on most newer devices, including PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones. Should you have issues accessing or viewing it on your own device, please come to the library to take the tutorial on a library computer.

If you successfully complete all 3 parts of the tutorial, you will be awarded a digital badge that will be displayed on your Moodle profile. Please note that it may take up to 20 minutes for the badge to be displayed.

Instructors who have a Moodle site will be able to click on your badge and view a description and details of what you have accomplished. It will serve as proof of completion so you will not be required to repeat the tutorial in other classes. Should your instructor not have a Moodle site, save and email the badge details page to your instructor. This is how your digital badge looks like:


What if I do not complete a part successfully? You can redo each part as many times as you need to get the required percentage to pass. Make sure that you click the small box that says "Start a new attempt" before you click enter for another try (if you do not click the box, you will not be able to do the quiz again).

How do I access the tutorial? You will need to enroll in the "Plagiarism Awareness" course in Moodle. To do so, click on the link below and log in with your student ID and password. It will then ask you to enroll.



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Why is Plagiarism Such a Serious Offense?

Properly citing sources is an essential component of academic research. Original ideas or concepts are considered to be a person's property. If you do not cite a source, you do not acknowledge the creator's rights and therefore commit intellectual theft.

Academic Consequences of Plagiarism

At KPU, academic consequences for plagiarism range from a grade of zero for the paper to a failing grade in the respective course and even to suspension or expulsion from the university.

Avoiding Plagiarism - Quick Tips


  • Use quotation marks whenever quoting an exact phrase, sentence or short paragraph
  • Longer quotations should not be included in quotation marks, but indented, as indicated by the citation style in use
  • Always include a citation

Paraphrasing and Summarizing

  • To correctly paraphrase or summarize, you must change both the language AND sentence structure
  • Always include a citation


  • Acknowledge ALL sources of borrowed ideas and materials, whether they are written, spoken, visuals or in any other format
  • Make sure that the reader can clearly distinguish between your thoughts and information you borrowed by placing your citations in the appropriate place
  • Properly format your in-text citations and your reference list (also called works cited or bibliography)
  • Cite your sources both in your text AND in your reference list