Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Issues involving academic integrity, cheating and plagiarism are among the most difficult and contentious problems faculty face today. The library staff is committed to helping you inform students about plagiarism and to helping you develop strategies to prevent it happening in your classroom. We can also assist you in verifying cases of suspected plagiarism.


College Policies

These pages contain information on the college's policies and procedures regarding academic integrity. You might consider reading these passages to your students to emphasize the consequences of plagiarism or cheating

Statement of Academic Integrity Policy
Violation of Academic Integrity Policy

For more information concerning plagiarism contact Karla Block at Ext. 4355. She will be delighted to speak to your classes about plagiarism and other academic integrity issues.


SafeAssign is a system that can identify unoriginal material in research papers and other student work. While it is an effective tool in verifying incidents of plagiarism, SafeAssign has also proved to be a deterrent.

SafeAssign is integrated into the College's Blackboard online courses. For assistance setting up Blackboard for your course(s), contact Tompkins Cortland Tech Support at Ext. 4550.

Refer to Get help with SafeAssign to learn more about how it works and how to use it.