• I have talked to Mary Ann about my situation about the student who took a picture of my work without permission and said it is not a form of plagiarism.
  • YOU ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE PICTURES OF SOMEONE ELSE’S WORK AND CLAIM ITS YOURS! That is what our institution is saying and allowing.

What do you think of that?!

I keep reading the Plagiarism and Cheating Policy…

Plagiarism and Cheating Policy: To plagiarize is to take ideas or words of another person and pass them off as one’s own. In short, it is stealing something intangible rather than an object. Obviously, it is not necessary to state the source of well known or easily verifiable facts, but students are expected to acknowledge the sources of ideas and expressions they use in their written work, whether quoted directly or paraphrased. This applies to diagrams, statistical tables and the like, as well as to written material, and materials or information from Internet sources. To provide adequate and correct documentation is not only an indication of academic honesty but is also a courtesy which enables the reader to consult these sources with ease. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism. It will also be considered plagiarism and/or cheating if a student submits a term paper written in whole or in part by someone other than him/herself, or copies the answer or answers of another student in any test, examination, or take-home assignment. Plagiarism or any other form of cheating in examinations, or term tests (e.g., crib notes) is subject to serious academic penalty (e.g. suspension or expulsion from the faculty or university). A student found guilty of contributing to cheating in examinations or term assignments is also subject to serious academic penalty. Similarly, to copy parts, or to reproduce everything from an artist’s individual artwork and pass them off as one’s own is also considered a form of plagiarism. When completing assignments or presenting work done in self-directed studio art projects, students should be avoiding this practice, since what is expected is that you will originate the ‘look or ‘style’ of the work from your own responses to the subject or ideas in question. To do otherwise, through the knowing use of printed or internet reproductions of published artists work would be academically dishonest, except in cases where to make direct copy was a requirements of the assignment by an instructor, or that your idea required such a response. In those cases it is clear as to the intent to copy and is a pubic aspect of the meaning of the work.

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2 Responses to Clarification

  1. What were you thoughts on my comments on your previous post?

  2. ryanginter says:

    Tricky situation, I really hope it gets resolved for you.
    It makes sense to me that the School of Art would claim copyrights on works installed/displayed there, intellectual property laws are usually enacted to protect financial interests. (ie. if the student were selling these photographs she should definitely be stopped). Honestly though, her photo’s weren’t all that, seems more like an opportunity for free publicity.
    I agree that it is plagiarism, but whether or not she should be penalized due to ignorance and hurt feelings… I dunno..

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