Plagiarism and Copyright Policy

The unacceptable practice of taking credit for someone else’s work is Plagiarism. Giving the original author credit for their efforts avoids plagiarizing the original author’s work. The unacceptable practice of copying segments of published copyrighted material is termed Copyright Infringement. This material may be in the form of textbooks, instruction manuals, periodicals, or computer software. All efforts must be made to cite the original author in the case of avoiding Plagiarism. Copyright Infringement is avoided by getting the permission to the material’s owner. If unable to get permission of the owner, all individuals using the material, such as Instructors or Students, must have their own copy of the material. Generally, official government publications are considered Public Domain and may be used without reservation. All other cases require the user to check for Copyright rights.

This policy must be adhered to when Instructors use visual aids in the classroom, or Students are completing phase reports. All original author’s, or material credit, must be cited in the classroom presentation, or writing of Phase Reports. Students should be completing Phase Reports in their own writing style. Use citations such as “Cessna Service Manual 123, Pg 45, Table 2-6” to avoid Copyright Infringement. There are penalties for unauthorized distribution of copyrighted information, including peer-to-peer file sharing. These penalties are contained in Title 17 U.S.C Section 101 et seq., Title 18 U.S.C. Section 2319. The school will pursue all matters in respect to this policy when the Student or Instructor, uses the school’s information technology system. In addition to failing grades for using this information for any project, the student will also be dismissed for at least 6 months, and the matter referred to the appropriate law enforcement officials.