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Quote - Do not plagiarize


Drafting written documents requires consultation of many reference sources: research studies, scientific journals, reports, the Internet, etc.

When a student uses an excerpt from a text, a figure or an idea that comes from someone else, it is mandatory to identify the source. The lack of reference to a source leads to the conclusion that the student is the author of these "borrowed ideas", which constitutes a sanctionable act of plagiarism.

Plagiarism also includes other situations, such as copying during an exam or submitting the same text to more than one professor. Consult Section 8.2 of the By-law respecting graduate and doctoral studies at ÉTS (Règlement des études supérieures de l'ÉTS)

If any of these situations occurs, the Discipline Committee is authorized to impose the following sanctions:

  • Failure of the course
  • Rejection of the report, dissertation or thesis
  • Suspension from the study program for one or more trimesters
  • Suspension or expulsion from ÉTS (in the case of suspension, the length is determined by the Board of Directors at the time of the suspension)

Most students who find themselves called before the Discipline Committee for plagiarism or fraud claim that they were not aware of the rules, which is not generally considered to be a valid defence. Be proactive, and consult the standards that must be respected in terms of citing sources correctly:

How to identify your sources and cite them correctly (FAQ) (in French)
How to avoid plagiarism at ÉTS (in French)
Programming and plagiarism: How to re-use source codes correctly in a programming course (ppt) (in French)