Your Responsibility as a Student


As per the Student Rights and Responsibilities in UVU's official policies and procedural manual

Each student is expected to maintain academic ethics and honesty in all its forms, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism as defined hereafter:

Cheating - is the act of using or attempting to use or providing others with unauthorized information, materials or study aids in academic work. Cheating includes, but is not limited to passing examination answers to or taking examinations for someone else, or preparing or copying other's academic work.

Plagiarism - is the act of appropriating any other person's or group's ideas or work (written, computerized, artistic, etc.) or portions thereof and passing them off as the product of one's own work in any academic exercise or activity.

Fabrication - is the use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings. Examples include but are not limited to:

  1. Citation of information not taken from the source indicated. This may include the incorrect documentation of secondary source materials.
  2. Listing sources in a bibliography not used in the academic exercise
  3. Submission in a paper, thesis, lab report or other academic exercise of falsified, invented, or fictitious data or evidence, or deliberate and knowing concealment or distortion of the true nature, origin, or function of such data or evidence.
  4. Submitting as your own any academic exercises, (e.g., written work, printing, sculpture, etc.) prepared totally or in part by another.

English and Literature Department Policy and Common Questions on Plagiarism

The department of English and Literature has its own Plagiarism Policy above and beyond the above. Please visit for that policy along with resources on how to avoid plagiarism.

Educate Yourself

See what you know about plagiarism. Review the Online Writing Lab Avoiding Plagiarism Handout.


Additionally, according to policy E-6.2 General Responsibilities Q, categories of misconduct that are not considered responsible behavior include, among other things:

Failure to adhere to all laws and regulations governing the duplication and use of copyrighted materials including, but not limited to, printed and audio materials, video film, and/or computer software.

Get Assistance

The Writing Center would be happy to work with you on ensuring your papers or presentations do not have plagiarized materials or in other ways violate copyright. Simply call 801-863-8936, email [email protected], or stop by the library room LI208 between any of these times:

Spring/Fall Hours
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can also visit their web page to learn more about the Writing Center. Services are available to ALL students.

Writing Center Website