Plagiarism is the passing off of written work (reports, term papers, short assignments) as being one's own, when it was, in whole or part, produced by someone other than the student; this can involve ‘lifting’ or ‘borrowing’ entire phrases, sentences, paragraphs—even documents—and submitting them, unquoted and uncited.
It can also involve using the majority of one source for most of one’s research paper or report, where the requirement is that the student consults multiple sources. For instance, if you use more than 50% of the information and ideas from one source for the bulk of your research paper, this is considered plagiarism.
Article and book reviews and critiques are not included in this definition, as the purpose of the assignment is specifically to present and assess the ideas made in a single source.
Students who are unsure whether or not they are plagiarising need to ask their instructor before submitting the assignment.
In accordance with university policy, instructors are to report cases of plagiarism to their department heads. In Geography, the GATE department head would then be responsible for investigating the report, and to work with the Office of Academic Integrity and Appeals.