Plagiarism Statement

Any work that a student submits for evaluation and assessment must be free of plagiarism.

Plagiarism occurs when a student uses words, images, or concepts from any source, other than their own mind, without acknowledgment or citation (deliberately or otherwise). A student commits this scholarly theft when they do not indicate, either by explicit acknowledgement or citation, that he/she is not the original author of the specific words, images, or concepts being presented as part of their submitted work.

This occurs most frequently in the Torrey context in the semester notebook, the Torrey Paper or Project, and in Pull Questions. While there is a time and a place for collaborative work, these written works (or other mediums of communication) are evidence of a student’s individual thoughts and efforts in relation to the course material.

In agreement with the official policy of the university, plagiarism found in any assignment will result in a grade of “F” for the course and submission of a plagiarism incident report to the Dean of Academic Records. Plagiarism is also grounds for immediate dismissal from the Torrey Honors Institute.

Due to the significant impact of a failing grade on a student’s cumulative GPA, another consequence of plagiarism may be the loss of significant financial aid, including any scholarships with a minimum GPA requirement.

To avoid plagiarism always indicate when words, images, or concepts are taken from another source, including all print or digital sources and media.


1 Please see the Biola University Student Handbook on Academic Integrity for suggestions for avoiding plagiarism in your written, visual, and oral work.