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SPS Services to Prevent Plagiarism & Academic Dishonesty


Over the past few semesters, I have seen an increase in the number of plagiarism and academic dishonesty cases in the School of Professional Studies. I wanted to take this opportunity to outline the many resources that are available to help prevent these issues. Prevention is the key.


  • Your professor is your first resource. When in doubt, ask them for help or an extension. Getting a zero on an assignment is far better than risking plagiarism.
  • On our website, under Current Students, we have a whole section on academic writing styles (click that is available to undergraduate and graduate students
  • In our online research section available to all students, we have a section on research skill development at
  • We operate a series of Research Rescue Labs (click that focus on issues ranging from thesis development to collecting data and scholarly writing. They are designed for graduate students, but undergraduates facing their senior seminar are also welcome to attend
  • In fact, we have been so concerned about the scholarly writing, research, and quantitative methods skills of our graduate students that we developed the INT 501 SPS Graduate Transitions course (find more information at that is now required for all new graduate students
  • We have a full-time writing specialist, Beverly Lucas, to work with both graduate and undergraduate students. She can be reached at or 202.884.9620 for appointments
  • Trinity operates a Writing Center in the library, and online at, that offers resources for students. Graduate students have a special online section devoted to them at that they should start with
  • We have implemented The APA 6 Style Manual as a required textbook for most writing and research courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. It should be the first place that you go for information about citation. A link to its online tutorial, and the VAIL tutor that many students also find helpful, is below.
  • We have a standard Syllabus Template for the School of Professional Studies that all professors use. That template outlines a variety or resources (see below) that are available to all students



Academic Support Services


Trinity’s Academic Services Center offers assistance with topics such as scholarly writing and time management to name a few.  It can take 24- 48 hours to schedule a session so please plan in advance! 



Links for Additional Writing Assistance

  • SPS Student Writing and Research Resources – a useful resource for SPS writing style guidelines, title pages for assignments, and research writing.
  • SPS Writing Style Guide – Designed to assist you in presenting scholarly and professional papers.
  • Vail Tutor – The VAIL Tutor provides an overview of academic integrity concepts and practical tips for avoiding plagiarism. Students are introduced to proper documentation practices and academic integrity policies. A certificate of completion is given to students after successful completion of the online quizzes.
  • APA Style Tutorial – The official tutorial from the APA.  This has a very informative and content friendly PowerPoint.
  • Hacker – Fister: Finding and Citing Resources – offered by Bedford/ St. Martin’s Press, a great resource for finding and documenting (citing) academic sources in Humanities, Social Sciences, History, Sciences.
  • The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue – Free writing resource for any type and style of writing.  Complete resource on Plagiarism, Citation, and References, a very comprehensive site.
  • The OWL Online Research Resources – assistance with conducting research, citing research, and the APA, MLA styles.
  • Son of Citation Machine – Landmark’s free citation and reference builder for APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago writing and publishing styles.
  • Knightcite – The Hekman Library at Calvin College free citation and reference tool.  Choose MLA, APA, or Chicago.  Then choose the type of source.
  • Institute for Writing and Rhetoric at Dartmouth – Many free resources including writing by subject, rhetoric, and academic research in a very comprehensive site.
  • Glendale Community College Writer’s Resources – An incredible resource for style, writing guides, plagiarism, writing and essay, building an argument, finding topics, journals for writers, and more.


Links for Additional Mathematics Assistance:


Library and Online Databases

  • LibraryTrinity’s Sister Helen Sheehan Library Home Page – Your resource Center for Online Journals, the Trinity catalogue, DVDs and Videos, Inter Library Loans, etc…
  • Trinity’s Free Online Research Databases – Your resource for online journals, periodicals, and statistical data.  Remember it is free!  You just need your Trinity user name and a barcode from the Library, to login. 


Research Methods and Data Sources


The Trinity Honor Code



Trinity is devoted to the highest standards of academic honesty and intellectual integrity. As an institution of higher education founded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and rooted in liberal learning, Trinity challenges students to develop sound moral and ethical practices in their study, research, writing and presentations; in their examinations and portfolios; and in all of their relationships and actions as members of the academic community.  The values that are central to the Trinity experience animate the Honor System that has been a part of the Trinity community since 1913. All members of the Trinity community, students, faculty, and staff, are expected to uphold a way of life that embraces personal integrity and responsibility, the foundation of the Honor System. The Honor System reflects a personal commitment on the part of all members of the community to individual integrity and shared trust, hence it also reflects a community commitment to abide by University policies, rules, and regulations. Upon joining the Trinity community, each student and each member of the faculty and staff agrees to adhere to the following honor pledge:


“I realize the responsibility involved in membership in the Trinity (Washington) community. I agree to abide by the rules and regulations of this community. I also affirm my intention to live according to the standards of honor, to which lying, stealing, and cheating are opposed. I will help others to maintain this responsibility in all matters essential to the common good of the community.”


The Trinity Plagiarism Policy & Handbook


Colleges and universities consider plagiarism a grave academic offence, and impose serious penalties on students who plagiarize.  It is important to keep in mind that unintentional plagiarism is still plagiarism; whatever your intention, you are subject to the University’s penalties for plagiarism. Therefore, it is essential that you learn to identify and avoid all forms of plagiarism.

The Trinity Plagiarism policy clearly summarizes the Trinity Honor System, defines plagiarism, outlines acceptable and unacceptable uses of internet and print resources, and provides exercises and resources for your information and reference.  This policy provides guidance and illustrations for students to learn more about plagiarism and how to uphold Trinity’s Academic Honesty Policy.



To assist you in learning in understanding the fine points of plagiarism, paraphrasing, summarization, citation, and referencing Trinity has developed a set of exercise to assist you in developing this important academic skill.  The exercises and quizzes in this handbook will help you identify gaps in your understanding of plagiarism and clarify “gray” areas.



Student Code of Conduct


All students at Trinity must comply with the expectations of the Honor System which includes the Student Code of Responsible Conduct and other campus rules and policies, including this policy statement.   The Honor System and the various policy statements contain implied and explicit expectations about the conduct of all students at all times.   This policy statement amplifies these expectations with a particular emphasis on Trinity’s expectation that students in professional programs will act with professionalism and high regard for ethical conduct in all matters.



School of Professional Studies Academic Policies


Trinity Washington University’s collegiate units, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Nursing and Health Professions, and the School of Professional Studies each have their own specific policies regarding student status, grading, and etcetera.  View the complete Trinity School of Professional Studies (SPS) policies.  Remember to choose the correct policies for your degree program (Undergraduate = Associate’s or Bachelor’s: Graduate = Master’s)




SPS GRADUATE Academic Policies



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