Preventing Plagiarism and Cheating

Plagiarism Policy

If the student is violating the university's ethical standards but submitting an assignment that contains somebody eles's work without specifying the source , this is considered plagiarism.

 According to Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, plagiarism is;

  1. "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own" or
  2. to "use (a created production) without crediting the source." All written assignments must be the product of your own research, analysis, writing, and editing. You must not steal and pass off as your own the work of any other person.

For more information please review University's Plagiarism Policy Statement and Handout for Students along with the information provided in Webster Worldwide’s Plagiarism Prevention Program .

Turn-it-in (Web-based Plagiarism Detection Software)
Webster University requires faculty to submit all written assignments to Turnitin, a web-based plagiarism detection software. Instructors can accept assignments via Turnitin (in WorldClassRoom) that students have already submitted to the service. This is an opportunity for students to learn about their own academic writing practices by giving them opportunities to review “Originality Reports” to counteract plagiarism before the instructor reviews the assignment.

All guidelines on how to use Turnitin for instructors and for students can be found here:

Instructors can find guidelines on how to create a Turnitin assignment in a tutorial that can be found under:

Your first point of help is the Computer Lab Assistants for initial activating help. If you have further questions or problems, contact the Webster University Help Desk in St. Louis by e-mailing them at (include your faculty ID number).

Cheating Policy

Any student found cheating on any part of the course work (homework assignment, term paper, quiz, exam, etc.) will in most circumstances be given an ‘F’ for the course.  Any student found to be helping another student to cheat will in most circumstances be given an ‘F’ for the course.  In both cases, the student will also be put on disciplinary probation for the remainder of her or his stay at Webster Vienna.  If a student is found to have engaged in cheating a second time, she or he will be automatically expelled from the university. Instructors are responsible for monitoring student conduct and enforcing the cheating policy. When cases of cheating occur, instructors must fill out a Cheating Incident Report Form and submit it to the Academic Coordinators' Office Room 3.3.