Plagiarism FAQs

How does Smartly define Plagiarism?

Smartly defines plagiarism in the Student Code of Conduct as: “Knowingly representing the work of others as one’s own, engaging in any acts of plagiarism, or referencing the works of others without appropriate citation.”

Plagiarism includes both:

  • A misuse or lack of use of proper citations for works referenced; and
  • Submitting the work of someone else as your own

This means that all submitted must be in your own words, though properly-cited quotations and graphics are admissible when used to illustrate points that have been made.

What are the consequences of plagiarism?  

Plagiarism is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Smartly uses a plagiarism-detection service to monitor and identify evidence of plagiarism for all student submissions.

In addition to academic consequences, plagiarism reduces a student’s opportunity to learn new content and refine important skills. Researching, evaluating and forming arguments, and writing compelling explanations are important for professionals with MBAs. Plagiarism inside and outside of an academic environment can also pose risks to Smartly and to a student’s professional reputation, which is why Smartly takes it seriously and asks Smartly students to do the same.

Any discovered violations of this Code of Conduct may result in removal from Smartly programs, or refusal to grant the student in question an official Smartly degree or certificate. If discovered to be in violation of any of these terms, the student will receive email notification outlining the unacceptable behavior(s).

This email will either signify a warning or alert the student that they have been removed from the program, or are no longer eligible for the degree or certificate credential. The student will be able to communicate with Smartly Institute officials via email if they have further questions regarding the violation, and the school will provide a clear written explanation of both the student’s behavior and the school’s response.

Conduct violations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine the best course of action.

What if I did not intentionally plagiarize?

All plagiarism, even unintentional, is considered a conduct violation. It is important to be conscientious when citing your sources. When in doubt, cite!

How do I know if I am citing my sources properly?

Check our Citation FAQs about when and how to cite your sources here.

You can also review Purdue University’s Avoiding Plagiarism or Ohio University’s Plagiarism FAQs articles for information on what does and does not need to be cited and best practices. Finally, always double-check your references to make sure that the spelling, page numbers, and other key information is correct.

I have more questions!

You can find a list of helpful sites below. If more questions arise, please reach out to support@smart.ly for assistance.

Helpful Sites

Chicago Manual of Style Citation Guide
Chicago Manual of Style-For Students
Ohio University's Plagiarism FAQs
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
Smartly Student Code of Conduct
Plagiarism.org
The Plagiarism Spectrum

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