The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

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Last updated on 12/29/08

Turnitin.com is a commercial database that can perform checks of written material uploaded by students (or their instructors) against those in its database to locate matches. In some case those matches mean that the student's material has been plagiarized; in others the use of quotation marks and the way the material has been cited is fine -- the instructor must exercise his/her judgment.

Baruch College subscribes to this service. Faculty members may arrange for their students' work to be submitted to turnitin.com. To learn how, contact Prof. Gerard Dalgish: 646-312-3919.

Here is some additional material relevant to the issue of plagiarism:

Some hints to help discourage plagiarism (also see the Faculty Guide to Student Academic Integrity)

  • Define plagiarism clearly and clearly convey that you will not tolerate it. (see below for sources for definitions, examples, and explanations, including the plagiarism tutorial)
  • Create writing assignments that require students to synthesize materials from different sources (compare/contrast) or to use materials discussed/provided in class.
  • When students have handed in written work such as a substantial paper, ask them to write a summary in class of its main points and how they made them.
  • Ask students to submit copies of their sources along with research papers (photocopies of pages from books, pages from the web etc.) with the relevant material highlighted.

Definitions
Brief definitions of plagiarism are available within A Faculty Guide to Student Academic Integrity. For a direct link to the definitions, go here. The sections on plagiarism in the College's writing handbook may be helpful: freshmen entering September 2007 and later should have Fowler and Aaron, The Little, Brown Handbook (pp. 629-38); undergraduates who entered as freshmen from September 2002 through September 2006 should have copies of Ann Raimes, Keys for Writers (4th ed., pp. 116-128; 3rd ed., pp. 104-112). Also see the Plagiarism Tutorial (below).

Plagiarism Tutorial for Students
The plagiarism tutorial was prepared in Fall 2003 by members of the Newman Library staff. It is easily accessible to all students online. It has an accompanying interactive quiz that is available only via Blackboard. The quiz must be imported into your class Blackboard site. To import the quiz, contact Bobbie Pollard at 646-312-1619 or Bobbie_Pollard@baruch.cuny.edu.

Policies and Procedures
The College's policies and procedures for dealing with violations of academic integrity, including plagiarism, are delineated in detail within A Faculty Guide to Student Academic Integrity and are summarized here.