Academic Integrity

Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty is claiming the work of others as your own. Examples
include copying from another student, using facts, ideas, words or phrases from an un-cited source, or
relying on hidden notes during an examination. Please note that while at times it may be acceptable
to re-use your own work from a prior course to build upon your research, you may only do so with
permission of the instructor.

Plagiarism: All NEC students are required to conform to strict ethical standards. The following list of
instances of plagiarism is taken from the MLA Handbook:

  • you took notes that did not distinguish summary and paraphrase from quotation and then you presented wording from the notes as if it were all your own.
  • while browsing the Web, you copied text and pasted it into your paper without quotation marks or without citing the source.
  • you presented facts without saying where you found them.
  • you repeated or paraphrased someone’s wording without acknowledgement.
  • you took someone’s unique or particularly apt phrase without acknowledgement.
  • you paraphrased someone’s argument or presented someone’s line of thought without acknowledgement.
  • you bought or otherwise acquired a research paper and handed in part or all of it as your own.

The MLA handbook advises the following practices to avoid plagiarism:

  • making a list of the writers and viewpoints you discovered in your research and using this list to double-check the presentation of material in your paper.
  • keeping the following three categories distinct in your notes: your ideas, your summaries of others’ material, and exact wording you copy.
  • identifying the sources of all material you borrow—exact wording, paraphrases, ideas, arguments, and facts.
  • checking with your instructor when you are uncertain about your use of sources

Also, please note that translating directly from a non-English source without citation is also
considered plagiarism.

A confirmed case of plagiarism may lead to both academic and disciplinary consequences. The professor
will decide the academic consequence: the Conservatory recommends a failing grade on the paper and
in the class.

Every suspected case of plagiarism is reported to the Dean or Senior Associate Dean of Students. The Dean or Senior Associate Dean will make a decision about disciplinary consequences. In addition, the Dean or Associate Dean may
choose to convene a meeting of the Student Disciplinary Committee to review the evidence and determine appropriate consequences, ranging from exoneration to expulsion.