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DMin 713 - Introduction to Research and Resources: Plagiarism And Copyright

Introduces the tools for study and research in spiritual formation and leadership.

Academic Honesty

The following is from the 2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Handbook:

Cheating is defined as intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. It is assumed that whatever work is submitted is the student’s own work and is new work for that course. Fabrication is defined as intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise or form. Plagiarism is defined as representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise. One who facilitates any of the above is equally responsible with the primary violator.

Fair Use

Fair use

The fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords  or by any other means specified ..., for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—
(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

Copyright Compliance

Copyrighted material

that meets the four-factor fair use test in the Copyright Act (Section 107, Title 17, U.S. Code) will be considered fair use.  If an item does not meet fair use you will need to seek permission from the legal holder of the copyrighted materials to obtain permission.  Copies of Creative works (such as fine art, novels, even including all unpublished manuscripts of any kind) are held to stricter compliance guidelines. Check to see if such materials may be used.

The Copyright Act (Section 107, Title 17, U.S. Code)

If you are interested, here's a link to the actual text of the law.