All members of the Ramapo community are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavors. Since violations of academic integrity erode community confidence and undermine the pursuit of truth and knowledge at the College, academic dishonesty must be avoided.
Plagiarism occurs when a person represents someone else’s words, ideas, phrases, sentences, or data as one’s own work. When a student submits work that includes such material, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific footnote references; additionally, verbatim statements must be acknowledged through quotation marks.
To avoid a charge of plagiarism, a student should be sure to include an acknowledgment of indebtedness: whenever he or she quotes another person’s words directly; whenever he or she uses another person’s ideas, opinions, or theories, even if they have been completely paraphrased in one’s own words; whenever he or she allows another individual to contribute to the work in some significant fashion (for instance, through editing or sharing of ideas); whenever he or she uses facts, statistics, or other illustrative material taken from a source, unless the information is common knowledge.
Examples of standard citation formats can be found on the Library Website: Citation Manuals and Style Guides (Ramapo College Catalog 2011-12).