Understanding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is taking the ideas or words of another and passing them off as one's own. In an academic community, intentional plagiarism is an especially serious violation of trust. For how can teachers help students learn the skills they need if students are not truthful about the work they do?

It is not surprising, then, that plagiarism is one of the offenses listed in the Baylor Honor Code. In fact, as the excerpt at right emphatically states, the students who created the code in 1916 and who have pledged to uphold it in the decades that followed believe that students who plagiarize should not be part of the Baylor community.

The school's faculty understand, however, that learning to avoid plagiarism is an intellectual journey as well as a moral matter. This guide is our attempt to help students understand what plagiarism is and teach them the skills to avoid it.

Printed copy of honor code


Baylor's Honor Code, a copy of which hangs in Hedges Library, is the cornerstone of our values as a school and a community. When they enter the school, students sign a pledge to comply with the Honor Code, which states: "The Honor System is an understanding among Baylor student that they do not want among them one who will lie, cheat, or falsify information. I understand this principle, and I recognize that I shall be expected to live in accordance with it."