• Failing grade on an assignment
• Failing grade for a course
• Loss of scholarship or financial aid
• Failure to earn a diploma, certificate, or degree
Students have the responsibility for conducting themselves in such a manner as to avoid any suspicion that they are improperly giving or receiving aid on any assignment or examination. Such academic dishonesty includes cheating (taking another's ideas and presenting them as your own.) Cutting and pasting from the Internet into a paper without proper documentation is considered plagiarism.
-HCC Student Handbook, Academic Policies & Procedures
--verb: to steal and pass off as one's own (the ideas or words of another) : to use (another's production) without crediting the source : to commit literary theft : to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.¹
Basically, plagiarism is fraud. It includes theft and lying about it later.
It's not just failing to cite your sources in a paper. Plagiarism takes many forms, but the most common on college campuses include:
¹"Plagiarize." Webster's third new international dictionary of the English language unabridged. Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1986. Print.