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Plagiarism Resource Center

Student Code of Conduct @ PBSC

The Palm Beach State College 2021-2022 Student Handbook (p. 10) provides a Student Code of Conduct and a description of plagiarism:

Prohibited student conduct/behavior outlined in the Student Code of Conduct includes, but is not limited to, those listed below. Any student who is found to have engaged in these acts while under the jurisdiction of the College may be subject to the maximum penalty of expulsion or any other sanction authorized herein or specifically noted in the student’s program of study.

Academic Dishonesty/Integrity
Academic misconduct including, but not limited to, unauthorized use of aids, cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, or facilitating academic dishonesty in the classroom or other college environments, as defined below:


  • Taking the words or specific substance of another and either copying or paraphrasing the work without giving credit to the source.
  • Submitting a term paper, examination or other work written by someone else.
  • Failure to give credit in a footnote for ideas, statements of facts or conclusions derived by another.
  • Failure to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another person, whether it is a paragraph, a sentence or even a part thereof.
  • Similar and extended paraphrasing of another.

Using unauthorized notes, study aids, or information from another student or student’s paper on an in-class examination; altering a graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work for re-grading; and allowing another person to do one’s work and to submit the work under one’s own name or otherwise not following the rules or instruction to gain an advantage.

Presenting data in a piece of work that were not gathered in accordance with guidelines defining the appropriate methods for collecting or generating data and failing to include a substantially accurate account of the method by which the data were generated or collected.

Aiding and Abetting Dishonesty
Providing material or information to another person with knowledge that these materials or information will be used improperly.

Altering documents affecting academic records; forging a signature of authorization or falsifying information on an official academic document, election form, grade report, letter of permission, petition, or any document designed to meet or exempt a student from an established College academic regulation.

Warning: Students may not withdraw from a class to avoid a failing grade as a result of such a violation.