Plagiarism is the act of taking or copying ideas or words without clearly acknowledging the source of information. Using a direct quote, paraphrasing or editing a sentence, or even copying from your own assignment can be considered cheating under the Statement of Academic Honesty.
Avoid plagiarism by giving credit to:
Plagiarism in Computer Science can be a difficult concept to understand. Almost all computer programs contain ideas or short sections of code borrowed from elsewhere. But does that make it ethical to copy code without giving credit in your assignment? Or is there an alternative way to write your code correctly?
You should consider that writing a program is much like writing a paper. A significant amount of creativity is involved, and many of the same rules apply regarding copyright and intellectual property. In general, there are three forms of plagiarism:
This does not mean you should avoid others' ideas, published works, or a classmate who might help you make sense of the assignment. To be on the safe side, use references at every opportunity, and make your own contributions clear. Continue reading this guide to learn when and how to cite your work appropriately.
Ethics is a branch of knowledge that deals with moral principals, and helps us distinguish between right and wrong. Computer Ethics (CE) or Information Ethics (IE) is a branch of ethics that pertain to the relationship between the creation, organization, dissemination, and use of information, and the ethical standards and moral codes governing human conduct in society.
Adopted by ACM Council 6/22/18
General Ethical Principles
Professional Leadership Principles
Compliance with the Code
Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people.
Thou shalt not interfere with other people's computer work.
Thou shalt not snoop around in other people's computer files.
Thou shalt not use a computer to steal.
Thou shalt not use a computer to bear false witness.
Thou shalt not copy or use proprietary software for which you have not paid.
Thou shalt not use other people's computer resources without authorization or proper compensation.
Thou shalt not appropriate other people's intellectual output.
Thou shalt think about the social consequences of the program you are writing or the system you are designing.
Thou shalt always use a computer in ways that ensure consideration and respect for your fellow humans.
Created by the Computer Ethics Institute and first presented in Dr. Ramon C. Barquin's paper, "In Pursuit of a 'Ten Commandments' for Computer Ethics."
Pellissippi State Community College policies on the use of copyrighted materials are covered in detail in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
The college policies on copyright "apply to anyone at the College who wishes to reproduce, alter, or perform works that are protected by copyright" (Polices and Procedures Manual 03:16:01, Introduction). The college intends "that all college members adhere to the provisions of United States Copyright Law" and the college's policies and guidelines on use of copyrighted materials.
For questions not covered here, please consult the manual for detailed policies. Librarians are also available for researching questions regarding copyright.
Works Covered by Copyright and Fair Use
In general, works do not have to be published or display a copyright symbol (©) to be covered by copyright.
Possessing a print, audiovisual, or digital work does not confer a right to reproduce, distribute, or display the work. Neither does non-profit or educational use alone confer the right to copy, perform, or display a work. Any copies or reproductions must meet the criteria of Fair Use, which include consideration of:
Works That May Be Used Freely
Some scholarly works may include notices that give permission to copy for educational purposes. There are also some works that are not covered by copyright and may be used freely. These are said to be in the public domain and include:
A work's copyright status should be researched thoroughly before assuming it is in the public domain. (Ibid., Section II.)
PSTCC policy includes guidelines for copying portions of multimedia works that may be copyright protected.