Copy and Paste is a Bad Idea

Students are expected to maintain high academic standards at Travis. Your teachers should not have to remind you that your work must be your work, not someone else’s.

Your Travis student handbook includes the following message:

DISD School Board Policy: Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty includes cheating or copying the work of another student, plagiarism, and unauthorized communication between students during an examination. The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall be based on the judgment of the classroom teacher or other supervising professional employee, taking into consideration written materials, observation, or information from students. Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to disciplinary penalties as well as academic penalties.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using others’ ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of the information.

What is an example of plagiarism?

If a student cuts and pastes someone else’s words off an Internet website for a report or project without crediting the source that is plagiarism.

Why is plagiarism in elementary and middle school a bad thing?

Copying or stealing someone else’s ideas and claiming them as your own are dishonest. In addition, it’s a shortcut to the production of original work. Thirdly, plagiarism can cost a person their college degree, even their livelihood later on in life.

How can a student avoid plagiarism?

To avoid plagiarism, a student must give credit whenever he or she uses:

  • Another person’s idea, opinion, or theory
  • Any pieces of information (facts, drawings, graphs) that are not common knowledge
  • Quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words
  • A paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words

What does the DISD Student Code of Conduct say?

The code of student conduct makes these two things major offenses:

Forgery: Imitating an original piece of writing with the intent to deceive

Cheating/Copying: To reproduce the school work of another student with the intent to represent it as one’s own

What is the consequence of knowingly plagiarizing someone else’s work?

A student will not receive credit for the assignment; they may lose privileges such as participation in extracurricular activities.

Any time you use an image created by someone else on a project or in a paper, you should have the source attached directly to the image. In general, it is a good idea to assume that if the guidelines for a project do not specifically instruct you to use images created by others, that any photos, drawings, or graphs should be created by you, the student.

Please do not hesitate to ask your teachers if you don’t understand how to appropriately cite the work of others when you feel it is the best way to communicate your message.

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