Don’t Forget to Update Key Information on Your Syllabus: New Contact Info for DRC and New Senate Rule on Plagiarism

A reminder for all of you who are updating your syllabus for this fall:

  • New staff and new offices for the Disability Resource Center (DRC) – be sure and include the following contact information on your syllabus: corner of Rose Street and Huguelet Drive in the Multidisciplinary Science Building, Suite 407; or by phone at (859) 257-2754 and via email at
  • New version of Senate Rule on plagiarism updated last spring (Senate Rules 6.3.1 has a new section dated 3/9/2015). Here’s the full version of this section updated:

“… all academic work, written or otherwise, submitted by students to their instructors or other academic supervisors, is expected to be the result of their own thought, research, or self-expression. In cases where students feel unsure about a question of plagiarism involving their work, they are obliged to consult their instructors on the matter before submission.

“When students submit work purporting to be their own, but which in any way borrows ideas, organization, wording or content from another source without appropriate acknowledgment of the fact, the students are guilty of plagiarism.

“Plagiarism includes reproducing someone else’s work (including, but not limited to a published article, a book, a website, computer code, or a paper from a friend) without clear attribution. Plagiarism also includes the practice of employing or allowing another person to alter or revise the work which a student submits as his/her own, whoever that other person may be. Students may discuss assignments among themselves or with an instructor or tutor, but when the actual work is done, it must be done by the student, and the student alone. Plagiarism may also include double submission, self-plagiarism, or unauthorized resubmission of one’s own work, as defined by the instructor. [US: 3/9/2015]

“When a student’s assignment involves research in outside sources or information, the student must carefully acknowledge exactly what, where and how he/she has employed them. If the words of someone else are used, the student must put quotation marks around the passage in question and add an appropriate indication of its origin. Making simple changes while leaving the organization, content and phraseology intact is plagiaristic. However, nothing in these Rules shall apply to those ideas which are so generally and freely circulated as to be a part of the public domain.”

Be sure you add an acknowledgement that any assignment they turn in may be submitted to an electronic database to check for plagiarism. Now that UK is moving to Instructure Canvas, we can use TurnItIn – a much more robust plagiarism detection software than SafeAssign. See the UKAT Training calendar for notices about how to use these enterprise-wide tools for student success.

Be sure and review the Syllabus Template available at the CELT (Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching) website: Complete information about plagiarism and cheating – and consequences here at UK – can be found at the Ombud’s website:


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