is defined as “using the wording, ideas, or outline of another person without
acknowledging the source.” Plagiarism is distinguished from excessive
dependence. In the latter, the student fails to process information through his
or her own critical and constructive thinking, and follows too closely the
wording, ideas, or outline of another person, while giving adequate reference
to sources. Excessive dependence reduces the quality of work done, but is not
ordinarily regarded as dishonest. See the Student Handbook for the Seminary’s
official policy on plagiarism.
is a form of intellectual theft, which involves claiming the work of another as
one’s own. Many free plagiarism checking websites are available for student
use. If substantiated as deliberate, plagiarism will result in a failing grade
for the paper, and for the course.