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The Plagiarism Prevention Program

Higher education holds students accountable for the quality and integrity of the work they submit for academic review. Webster University's Code of Conduct and Academic Honesty Policy are available in the Student Handbook. When these policies have been compromised, students may be referred to the Plagiarism Prevention Program.

The Plagiarism Prevention Program (PPP) addresses plagiarism by educating students on Webster University’s academic honesty policy and then by having students incorporate those principles into their own work. The Plagiarism Prevention Program stresses that academic honesty can be upheld by three key measures: understanding plagiarism, developing effective strategies in the writing process, and incorporating source material appropriately and with proper citation. The objectives of the PPP are to provide students with a thorough understanding of those concepts as well as strategies to avoid or correct issues that arise in their work so that future academic assignments will maintain the university’s standards.

Being Enrolled in the PPP

When a student is referred to the Plagiarism Prevention Program, he or she should be fully aware of the process as well as the requirements of completing the course:

  1. When an instructor refers a student to the PPP, an academic hold is placed on his or her account. This hold will prevent the student from enrolling in any future courses; he or she will be able to finish any current classes but no other courses may begin until the program is completed and the hold lifted. At no point in the program will a hold be lifted until the student meets all requirements of the program. At this time, the student will also be added to the Plagiarism Prevention Program course in WorldClassRoom; this is a free program and students will not be charged for the course. When the student is added, he or she will receive an invitation e-mail to his or her Webster e-mail account that signals enrollment in this course.
  2. The student must accept the course invitation in order to formally begin the program and have access to the course material. The course is self-guided, so when a student begins enrollment, it is his or her responsibility to progress through the material. Once a student has begun, the process as a whole typically takes several months, depending on how much time the student is able to dedicate to studying the material and completing the final assignment. The course is set up in five major sections: Introduction, Understanding Plagiarism, The Writing Process, Using and Citing Sources, and Plagiarism Prevention Writing Assignment.
  3. The first module, the Introduction, informs the student about the program and how to navigate WorldClassRoom. At the end of the module, the student must complete the Statement of Affirmation, a required confirmation of the student’s dedication to completing the program with integrity. Once this statement has been answered appropriately, the next section will unlock.
  4. To complete the educational modules, the student must evaluate the information provided and then take a quiz over the material. All quizzes are a series of five multiple-choice questions, and the student must get all five questions correct. If a quiz is not completed correctly the first time, the student may re-evaluate the material and take the quiz again. The student will be able to progress to the next module only once all five questions are answered correctly. Again, this process is self-guided, so each student’s time commitment and attention to the material may drastically influence how long he or she is in the program.
  5. Once the quiz for the final educational module has been completed successfully, the final assessment will unlock. At this point, the student will be informed of the requirements of the final writing assignment and may begin work on this project, a five-page research paper over academic integrity. This paper must illustrate what the student learned through the course of the Plagiarism Prevention Program and demonstrate his or her ability to complete a research essay with appropriate source use and citation.
  6. As the student works through the drafting process of this assignment, make sure to check that the essay is meeting the paper requirements (these details are provided in the Plagiarism Prevention Writing Assignment Module). Once a student has achieved a strong draft of the essay that he or she believes has met the assignment requirements, the student will submit the essay through WorldClassRoom, where the Plagiarism Prevention Program Specialist will review the assignment and assess how well the draft meets the program requirements.* A rubric will be used to help illustrate to the student where the essay is missing requirements, needs improvement in certain criteria, or has met expectations. In addition to this rubric, the student will receive direct commentary from the PPP Specialist on the content of the drafts as well as recommendations and instructions on how the essay can be revised to meet the expectations of the program.
  7. The student will then carefully assess the feedback provided by the PPP Specialist and make qualitative changes that work toward meeting any requirements that needed further improvement.* At this time, a student might consider using the Writing Center if he or she would like additional assistance in problem areas or may be required by the PPP Specialist to do so. Otherwise, each student must bear in mind that this drafting process (submitting a draft, receiving the specialist’s feedback, revising further, and submitting again) will typically be repeated a number of times, with the PPP Specialist providing feedback with each new draft. The student will be asked to continue to revise the essay until the specialist has noted that the submission meets all program expectations.
  8. Once a student’s paper illustrates a thorough and effective understanding of academic integrity and source use, he or she will pass the course. Enrollment in the Plagiarism Prevention Course will be concluded and the PPP hold will be lifted from the student’s account.

* If clear plagiarism is present in a PPP submitted draft, the student will not receive feedback and will be referred to the Academic Honesty Board.


Academic Resource Center Hours

Fall & Spring semesters:
8:30 am–7 pm
Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Summer term:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday,
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
8:30 am - 7 pm