Academics

Plagiarism & Academic Honesty

Important Information on Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

Please see the UMass Boston policies on academic honesty and plagiarism. These policies apply to all papers submitted in a Writing Proficiency Evaluation (WPE). Violating this policy has serious consequences, which may include suspension or expulsion. If faculty graders question whether a portfolio paper is the student’s own work, then additional evidence may be requested as part of an investigation. Students should retain copies of drafts for the new portfolio essay until after the grades have been received. If you have any questions, please visit the Online Writing Resources on our website to help you to avoid plagiarism. 

Occasionally, faculty graders question whether a particular portfolio represents the student's own work. In such cases, additional evidence may be requested as part of an investigation. In such cases, graders give a grade of Void. Therefore, students should retain copies of their drafts and/or working notes for the new portfolio essay until after the grading has been completed.

Discussing the readings in a workshop or with friends is an appropriate way to help prepare to write the essay. However, it is not permissible to engage the assistance of another person, whether for payment or not, in writing, revising, or editing the final essay. Students composing essays on a word-processor may use spell-checkers for light editorial assistance.