University of Dayton Definition of Plagiarism

The following excerpts are from the University of Dayton Bulletin’s section of "Academic Dishonesty:"

Student academic dishonesty is defined as any attempt by the student to obtain, or to assist another student to obtain, a grade higher than honestly earned. In addition to specific conditions stated by the course instructor, the following are defined as academic dishonesty: cheating; plagiarism; grade alteration; and deception to avoid meeting the stated course conditions.

Plagiarism consists of any of the following:

Quoting directly from any source of material – including other students’ work and materials purchased from research consultants – without appropriately citing the source and identifying the quoted material; knowingly citing an incorrect source; using ideas (i.e., material other than information that is common knowledge) from any source of material – including other students’ work and material purchased from research consultants – without citing the source and identifying the borrowed material.

Faculty are expected to establish any additional guidelines for plagiarism and make clear to the students their individual responsibilities on assignments.

Penalties and Procedures

The maximum penalty for a proven case of academic dishonesty is an F in the course. No provision can then be made for the student to receive a W. Under some circumstances, such as repeated offenses, [...] additional penalties may be imposed by the student’s dean. These penalties may include dismissal from the major, dismissal from the school or college, removal from honors programs, or dismissal from the University.

When an accusation of dishonesty occurs, the faculty member must notify the student of the accusation and penalty immediately and in private. If, after a private discussion between the faculty member and the student, the student admits the dishonesty and accepts the penalty, the student’s dean will be notified in writing of the violation. This is to be the student’s notification, with the only other copy to go to the student. If, after the private discussion, the student does not admit dishonesty or accept the penalty, the faculty member alleging the dishonesty will notify, in writing, the student’s chairperson and dean, the faculty member’s chairperson and dean, and the student. In either case, such notification will become part of the dean’s official file on the student but will not be transmitted outside the University.

For more information about plagiarism and academic integrity at the University of Dayton, visit the UD Catalog at:

Academic Honor Code