A Statement About Plagiarism
The standards of responsible scholarship embrace all work submitted for academic purposes: not only examinations, laboratory reports, term papers, essays, etc. handed in for academic credit, but also work written for seminar or for class discussion, whether graded or not. Swarthmore College's commitment to these standards is signified in faculty action specifying the penalties for plagiarism:
Because plagiarism is considered so serious a transgression, it is the opinion of the faculty that for the first offense failure in the course and immediate suspension for a semester or deprivation of the degree in that year should be the usual punishment; for a second offense the penalty should normally be expulsion.
This policy statement and the College's judicial procedures for dealing with cases of suspected plagiarism may be found in the section on Major Infractions and the College Judicial Committee in the Swarthmore College Student Handbook.