Plagiarism

In an effort to promote clarity and fairness in addressing suspected cases of academic integrity violations, the Gallatin faculty approved the following guidelines in April 2011.

Gallatin students are expected to uphold the Gallatin School’s policy on Academic Integrity and Student Conduct.  Failure to uphold this policy will result in disciplinary measures in accordance with the Student Discipline and Grievance Rules of the Gallatin School.

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Gallatin students belong to an interdisciplinary community of artists and scholars who value honest and open intellectual inquiry. This relationship depends on mutual respect, responsibility, and integrity. Failure to uphold these values will be subject to severe sanction in accordance with the Student Discipline and Grievance Rules of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

The following are examples of behaviors that compromise the academic integrity of the Gallatin School.  The list is not exhaustive.

  • Plagiarism – using a phrase, sentence, passage, image, graph, table, sound recording, art work, or any other type of creative or intellectual material from another work without proper citation; paraphrasing words or ideas from another work without attribution; reporting as your own research or knowledge any data or idea gathered, reported, or developed by another person; submitting as your own work anything produced by another. Plagiarism does not only apply to written or recorded work, but also to intellectual property such as computer programs, oral presentations, and artistic work including choreography, stage blocking, and music.
  • Illicit Collaboration – submitting work done in collaboration with others without the express permission of the instructor or without acknowledging such collaboration.
  • Doubling or Recycling – submitting the same or substantially similar work in multiple courses, either in the same semester or in a different semester, without the express approval of all instructors.
  • Cheating – bringing or accessing unauthorized materials during an examination (e.g., notes, books, or other information accessed via cell phones, computers, or any other means); submitting answers on an exam that were obtained from the work of another person or providing answers or assistance to others during an exam when not explicitly permitted by the instructor; when submitting evaluations of group members’ work for an assigned group project, misrepresenting the work that was performed by another group member; altering or forging academic documents, including but not limited to admissions materials, academic records, grade reports, add/drop forms, course registration forms, etc.

Note that plagiarism and other violations of academic integrity are matters of fact and not intention, and apply to all material submitted as a Gallatin student.  In other words, regardless of whether they are deliberate or accidental, all violations are subject to potential disciplinary action.  In all cases and when in doubt, students should consult with their instructor regarding acceptable forms of documentation and citation, collaboration, and exam preparation.

In accordance with the University Policy on Student Conduct, Gallatin reserves the right to review and act upon violations of rules of conduct or non-academic policies of the University and/or to refer such matters to NYU’s Office of Community Standards. Where a student’s conduct on campus constitutes violations of both University rules and public law, he may be subject to both University discipline and public sanctions.

Academic Integrity Statement for Syllabus

To discourage incidences of plagiarism, Gallatin faculty should include in their syllabus either a link to the policy [www.gallatin.nyu.edu/academics/policies/policy/integrity.html], or the following statement which broadly defines plagiarism and its consequences:

“As a Gallatin student you belong to an interdisciplinary community of artists and scholars who value honest and open intellectual inquiry. This relationship depends on mutual respect, responsibility, and integrity. Failure to uphold these values will be subject to severe sanction, which may include dismissal from the University.  Examples of behaviors that compromise the academic integrity of the Gallatin School include plagiarism, illicit collaboration, doubling or recycling coursework, and cheating.  Please consult the Gallatin Bulletin or Gallatin website [www.gallatin.nyu.edu/academics/policies/policy/integrity.html] for a full description of the academic integrity policy.”

Additionally, faculty are urged not to mention in their syllabi any particular consequences in the case of suspected plagiarism.  For example, please do not state that students who are caught plagiarizing will receive an automatic grade of F for the course.  Faculty who suspect students of plagiarism should follow the procedures outlined in section 4 of the Student Discipline and Grievance Rules (see below) of the Gallatin School.  Faculty should also include a note in the syllabus, stating that suspected cases of plagiarism will be handled in accordance with Gallatin Student Discipline and Grievance Rules.  The student discipline rules aim to make certain that suspected cases of plagiarism follow the same disciplinary process, regardless of the course or instructor.   Consistency in disciplinary actions ensures fairness in how the school deals with plagiarism.

Procedure for Handling Suspected Cases of Plagiarism

For the complete student discipline rules, please visit our Web site:

http://www.gallatin.nyu.edu/academics/policies/policy/disciplinerules.html#Section%201:%20Jurisdiction

Briefly, all cases of suspected plagiarism should be reported to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Patrick McCreery (patrick.mccreery@nyu.edu).  Faculty may also consult with the Associate Dean about appropriate penalties and resolutions.

Below is a detailed outline of our student disciplinary procedure:

  1. NOTICE: A faculty member who suspects a student of plagiarism, cheating, or another academic integrity violation must report the incident to the Associate Dean of Students, who will determine whether a previous complaint against that student exists. If there is no prior report, the Associate Dean may counsel the faculty member to resolve the matter independently with the student to advise her on the conventions and expectations of academic integrity, as pertinent, to come to a mutual agreement on the facts and, if warranted, on a penalty (e.g., failure for an exam, paper, or assignment, failure for the course). The faculty member may also present the evidence of suspected cheating, plagiarism, or other violation to the Associate Dean of Students for consultation. If the matter is resolved between the faculty member and the student, the faculty member will submit a report on the incident to the Associate Dean of Students, who will place it in the student’s file. The Associate Dean of Students will notify the student within fifteen days of initial notice that a record has been included in her file, and a that a second charge will trigger a formal disciplinary review. The Associate Dean of Students will keep a record of reported instances of academic integrity violations.
  2. COMPLAINT: If the faculty member and student cannot reach agreement on the facts and penalty, or if the faculty member and Associate Dean of Students believe that the violation is of sufficient gravity to warrant more official treatment, the faculty member will submit a formal, written complaint to the Committee Chairperson. In all cases, a second charge will automatically trigger a formal review. Moreover, any member of the faculty, staff, administration or student body may file with the Committee a complaint against a student alleging a violation of Gallatin’s Statement on Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, of the University Policies and Procedures, or of federal, state or local laws. The complaint must be in writing, setting forth briefly the nature of the alleged disciplinary infraction and the nature of the evidence. A copy of the complaint will be filed with the Associate Dean of Students.
  3. REVIEW: Upon receipt of a formal complaint, the Chairperson of the Committee and the Associate Dean of Students will make a preliminary investigation to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant proceeding with a disciplinary hearing. This may include reviewing and soliciting evidence, meeting with the student, and meeting with the complainant. They also may choose to mediate the issue between the complainant and the student, reaching a mutually agreeable resolution that may include failing the assignment, failing the course, or levying any of the sanctions on Section 8. If that occurs, the Associate Dean of Students will submit a report on the incident to the student, whose signature on the report will constitute formal agreement to the terms of the resolution. The report will form part of the student’s file, and should specify that any further violation will trigger an automatic hearing. If, however, there is not sufficient evidence to warrant a hearing, the Chairperson and Associate Dean of Students will notify the complainant and the student, and the complaint will be dismissed, with a record of the official action to remain in the student file as specified in Section 9. Any academic violation that merits consideration of suspension, dismissal, or expulsion will trigger a hearing by the full disciplinary Committee. This, however, does not preclude the Dean or Associate Dean of Faculty from summarily suspending a student, as specified in Section 2.
  4. HEARING: If, on the other hand, the Chairperson and Associate Dean of Students determine that there is sufficient evidence to warrant proceeding with a disciplinary hearing, or if the student rejects the terms of a mediated resolution, the Chairperson and Associate Dean of Students will notify the student and the complainant, and then will notify the members of the Committee to meet as a hearing panel at a time and place specified to hear the evidence of the alleged infraction of discipline, as specified in section 5 No more than one month shall pass before between notice and hearing. All members of the Committee must attend the hearing. Once a hearing has been triggered, the student’s record will be placed on Dean’s Hold, and will remain so until the process has ended or a resolution been reached.
  5. The Associate Dean of Students may attempt to reach an informal resolution between the complainant and the student up until the commencement of the hearing.