Welsh Valley Middle School is a learning community that values honesty, integrity, and respect for property. The school's library and classrooms are filled with many sources of information, including books, magazines, newspapers, online media, and other reference materials. We are fortunate to have access to so many sources for learning and recognize that all information has ownership. If we do not respect the rights of the owner and credit our sources, we are stealing. Plagiarism is using the exact words, media, or ideas of another without giving credit.
In the Welsh Valley, students learn that plagiarism is using an author's exact words without quoting and giving credit, using an author's ideas without giving credit, or directly copying the work of another and submitting it as their own.
Plagiarism is not limited to written work and applies to other formats such as images, video, and sound recordings. To use any resource as part of an online project, students must have written permission from the artist. Best practice calls for researchers to give credit where credit is due and/or seek permission to use material in student work.
Welsh Valley recognizes that students are in the process of learning about research integrity. Plagiarism is unacceptable, and students will be held accountable to use information and ideas responsibly and ethically. If a student turns in plagiarized work, teachers and administrators will guide him/her through an instructional process aimed to teach responsible and ethical use of information.