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From Hudson Valley Community College’s written code of ethics:

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty that is considered a serious offense and carries severe penalties ranging from failing an assignment to suspension from school. A student is guilty of plagiarism any time s/he attempts to obtain academic credit by presenting someone else's ideas as her/his own without appropriately documenting the original source. Appropriate documentation requires credit to the original source in a current manuscript style that is appropriate to the assignment and the discipline.Examples of someone else's ideas may include the following:

Tips for avoiding plagiarism