The following is taken from the UIS Academic Staff Handbook:
"To plagiarize is to present as oneís own a thought, writing, or invention belonging to another. It usually takes one of the following three forms and is done without proper acknowledgment: the inclusion of another personís writing in oneís own essay; paraphrasing of another personís work; or presentation of another personís original theories, views, etc."
"When an allegation of plagiarism or academic dishonesty exists, disciplinary proceedings may be initiated and carried out within the academic program of the teaching faculty in which the alleged offense occurred. Faculty can determine penalties which are limited to the course in which the alleged offense occurred (i.e., lowering the grade, awarding a failing grade for the assignment or the course). ... Students have the right to grieve such actions taken against them by filing a grievance with the vice chancellor for student affairs."
I have read the UIS policy on plagiarism and I understand how seriously plagiarism is taken by UIS faculty.