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Plagiarism & Fabrication Policy

Plagiarism and fabrication are serious offenses both in academia and in the professions of journalism and strategic communication. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication will not tolerate any forms of these transgressions.

The SJMC’s position on plagiarism and fabrication complies with the Student Conduct Code adopted and amended by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, which lists those as scholastic dishonesty offenses subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Sanctions at the university level might involve a written reprimand for first-time offenders or, if repeated, more serious consequences, including removal from the major or expulsion from the university. Because plagiarism and fabrication destroy the trust – and ruin the careers – of journalists, strategic communication professionals and scholars, the SJMC takes a particularly strong position on these offenses. 

We are resolved, therefore, to impose the following consequences in all SJMC courses, other for-credit works (e.g., theses and dissertations) and exams regarding any instance of unambiguous and documented plagiarism or fabrication, including a first-time offense:  

  • The student will receive a grade of “F” on the assignment, or the course, at the discretion of the instructor.
  • The instructor will file a report on the incident with the university’s Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. For more information on OSCAI’s handling of such reports, visit.

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Furthermore, instances of unambiguous and documented plagiarism or fabrication in SJMC classes or enterprises following the first incident are considered multiple or “persistent” and may result in the student’s removal from the SJMC major and/or other serious university consequences. 

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