The practice typically called self-plagiarism — the act of turning in work you have done for one class as a separate assignment for a different class — isn’t really plagiarism at all, according to the Honor Code. At least, until a student government resolution to change that is adopted.
“Per the Instrument (of Student Judicial Governance), plagiarism refers to the deliberate or reckless representation of another’s words, thoughts or ideas as one’s own without attribution,” said Undergraduate Student Attorney General Anna Sturkey..
“Because this definition of plagiarism is specifically referring to the use of another’s work, self-plagiarism isn’t possible.”
But the Committee on Student Conduct, which oversees the implementation of the Honor Code, has recently passed a resolution drafted by Sturkey to revise the Instrument and clarify that resubmitting work which one has already turned in for another class is an act of academic dishonesty.
“When a professor asks students to submit an original research paper, the expectation is that the paper is original to that class,” she said. “Thus, submitting a paper that is not original to that class could qualify as a violation of procedures.”