Students and faculty at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of
Theology are expected to employ the highest standards in the area
of academic integrity, which includes avoiding plagiarism,
cheating, fabrication and other practices that violate this
These violations not only call into question the character of
the person who employs them, they compromise the nature, purpose,
and espoused moral and intellectual values of the Saint Meinrad
community in its intention of adherence to the Gospel, obedience to
the teachings of the Church and its engagement in the search for
knowledge. Violations call into question the individual's readiness
Plagiarism is the practice of using the words, ideas, conclusions
and processes of others as though they were one's own, that is,
without proper citation or documentation. This applies to written
work as well as to oral presentations, including preaching.
At Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and, in
general, at North American academic institutions, plagiarism is
considered inappropriate and comes with serious consequences. This
is a form of theft and is to be construed as a sign of disrespect
for the ideas of the original author. Respect for a source should
include the full and proper citation of the author's work.
Plagiarism includes lack of or inadequate citation when
referring to the work of another, whether in direct quotation,
summary or paraphrase. This includes accidental, careless or
willful violation of this principle. If ideas are not common
knowledge, they need to be documented with the source of the idea,
that is, where one came across the idea.
- Directly quoting another person's words or ideas without
- Paraphrasing another person's words or ideas without
- Employing information, facts, statistics, graphs and/or
translations that are not common knowledge without citation.
- Copying the work of another student.
- Collaborating on assignments with other students but presenting
the work as though it was ones own, individual work. Collaboration
is permissible with instructor's permission.
- Duplication and/or multiple submission (using work prepared for
one course in another course without permission of the instructors
When using a person's actual words, place the words
within quotation marks and in the assigned bibliographic style.
Even paraphrases of another person's words and/or ideas require
Consult A Pocket Style Manual, Fifth
Edition by Diana Hacker (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's,
2009) for examples of plagiarism, how to avoid plagiarism and for
information on formatting citations. Several common styles are
employed within the school.
Procedures and Consequences
All substantive suspicions of plagiarism and other practices that
violate academic integrity are to be reported to the Office of the
Academic Dean. Then, in consultation with the Office of the
Academic Dean, the professor in whose class the alleged violation
occurred will interview the student to determine:
- if a violation has occurred;
- whether the violation was inadvertent or willful;
- the nature and severity of the violation.
The consequences that may accrue from the violation(s) will be
reported to the Office of the Academic Dean. Repeated violations
will result in more serious consequences. Consequences may include,
but are not limited to, a reduced grade for the assignment, reduced
grade for the course, suspension from the school. If it is
determined that a violation has occurred, a note to this effect
will be appended to the student's file. The note will describe the
nature of the offense and the assigned consequences.