Ethics violations of any kind are taken seriously and may result in dismissal from our program. The best way you can keep yourself from committing an act of plagiarism is to be properly informed. At a minimum, please remember that any words taken verbatim from a source must be cited and contained within quotation marks. Even if you have paraphrased an idea from a source you must provide the appropriate citations. Ignorance of these principles will not be an acceptable excuse for violation of the policy.

For further information and assistance in determining when and how to properly cite your sources, visit the recommended citing sources guidebooks provided by the Sheridan Library of Johns Hopkins University. An equally useful resource with clear and specific definitions of plagiarism can be found at

Finally, please take the time to review our Code of Conduct.

If you have any questions regarding these policies, please do not hesitate to contact your instructor or the Program Director for your discipline. AAP stands ready to help you understand the proper formats for academic attribution.

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