Introduction for Students
Introduction for Faculty
Faculty and Tutors
Honor Code and the
How It Works
Unless explicitly forbidden by a professor, a visit to the Writing Center does not constitute unauthorized aid or a violation of the Oglethorpe Honor Code.
Cheating and plagiarism, as defined in section 5 of the Honor Code, include the following:
- The unauthorized possession or use of notes, texts, or other such materials during an examination.
- Copying another person’s work or participation in such an effort.
- An attempt or participation in an attempt to fulfill the requirements of a course with work other than one’s original work for that course.
Plagiarism includes representing someone else’s words, ideas, data, or original research as one’s own, and in general failing to footnote or otherwise acknowledge the source of such work. One has the responsibility of avoiding plagiarism by taking adequate notes on reference materials, including material taken off the internet or other electronic sources, used in the preparation of reports, papers, and other coursework.
In an academic culture, seeking out expert opinions is valued, but with that comes the responsibility for keeping careful notes on the referenced sources. Tutors will encourage students to keep careful notes on their investigations.
Writing Center tutors cannot help you with the content of take-home exams. Occasionally, an instructor may authorize the use of the Center for style and grammar issues in such, but a formal notification of that approval must be received prior to the session.
On all other written work, tutors can help you develop your ideas without unduly influencing the content. Tutors strive to support the instruction students receive from their professors. They will not alter the content of your work, but they can help you clarify your ideas, draw attention to strengths and weaknesses in the argument, and prod you to explore and refine your claims. By offering another perspective and encouraging students to articulate and define their writing goals, they can help writers develop ideas implicit in their own thinking and writing.