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This guide provides an overview of plagiarism.

Plagiarism at UNT

Plagiarism is a very serious offense at UNT. Even if you don't mean to plagiarize, you can still commit academic dishonesty.  When you are accepted to UNT, you are expected to adhere to our policies and standards of Academic Integrity (as defined in University 07.012) in the Code of Student Conduct. Major violations can result in expulsion from the university. The university has many resources for students to help them ensure that their work doesn't contain violations, one of which is the UNT Libraries. 

The following is an except from the Code of Student Conduct (07.012)

I. PURPOSE OF THE CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT As a student-centered public research university, the University of North Texas has established standards of conduct to foster a safe environment conducive to learning and development. Students and university student groups are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates respect for the rights and property of others and upholds the integrity of the university community. ... 

IV. ACADEMIC INTERGRITY Matters of academic integrity are reviewed and enforced under the exclusive direction of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students engaged in acts which may constitute both academic dishonesty, as well as misconduct as defined by the Code may be subject to sanction under both authorities.



IX. Acts Affecting Intellectual Property; including but not limited to – 1. The use or distribution of the original work of another (whether copyrighted or not copyrighted) without the express consent of the owner, including but not limited to the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music and the distribution for commercial or personal purposes or creation of derivative works from written materials created by faculty or staff, without expressed written permission of the originator. 2. The use or distribution of a trademark, including the university trademark, without the expressed written consent of the owner.

X. SANCTIONS FOR MISCONDUCT Any student found to have engaged in conduct in violation of the Code may be subject to one or more of the following sanctions. Repeated misconduct may result in assignment of more serious sanctions, including but not limited to suspension or expulsion.

  • Warning
  • Educational Sanction
  • Loss of Privilege
  • Conduct Probation (three levels)
  • Student Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • University Withdrawal
  • Immediate Suspension


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