Writing is one of the central activities through which students learn, communicate, and demonstrate learning. Academic writing differs from other forms of writing in that it usually:
- is appropriately narrow in focus,
- presents an argument based on sound critical thinking,
- draws upon and properly acknowledges the work of others, and
- presents new understanding in an organized fashion
Unless otherwise indicated by the instructor, all writing in Marylhurst University classes, from blogs, to online discussion, to personal essays, to formal research papers, will be evaluated on the basis of Standard American English, quality, creativity, effectiveness of argumentation and reasoning, and accuracy of information. In addition, academic writing will be evaluated on the selection and use of appropriate supporting material.
Any information not original to the student must be cited in a recognized format-for example, APA, MLA, or Chicago - appropriate to the academic discipline.
Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty that occurs when a student uses information or material from outside sources without proper citation. Plagiarism is grounds for disciplinary action at Marylhurst. It is a student’s responsibility to understand plagiarism and its consequences. You should consult your instructor, your department chair, the Writing Center, or staff at Shoen Library if you have any questions about preventing plagiarism.
Plagiarism occurs if:
- The student doesn’t cite quotations and/or attribute borrowed ideas.
- The student fails to enclose borrowed language in quotation marks.
- The student doesn’t write summaries and paraphrases in his/her own words and/or doesn’t document his/her source.
- The student turns in work created by another person (for example, another student, downloaded from the Internet, and so forth).
Other Forms of Academic Dishonesty
Students who submit or use their own prior work for a current course or work from one current course in another course without express permission from their professors may also be guilty of academic dishonesty.
If it is determined that a student has plagiarized or engaged in other forms of academic dishonesty, the student will likely fail the assignment and possibly the course, despite points earned through other work. Acts of academic dishonesty are reviewed for disciplinary action by the Provost. Engaging in plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty can result in dismissal from the university. For additional information, see “Academic Honesty” in the Student Code of Conduct section of this Student Handbook.
Marylhurst’s undergraduate program has adopted a writing handbook, Diana Hacker’s A Writer’s Reference, to help students develop their writing skills. Copies can be found in the bookstore, at the library and at the Writing Center. Check out our tip sheets on My Marylhurst - there’s even a “comma rules” tip sheet for the comma-challenged among us! Writing help is also available at the Marylhurst Writing Center that is located on the ground floor of Shoen Library. Call for an appointment at 503.699.6277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.