Why is avoiding plagiarism so important?
What is plagiarism? The dictionary's definition is: "Using ideas, plots, text and other intellectual property developed by someone else while claiming it is your original work." Plagiarism is theft; plagiarism is a lie; plagiarism involves pretense and deception; plagiarism is a violation of the DBU Honor Code.
Why does DBU have an Honor Code? Consider Colossians 3:23:
"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men."(NASB)
Here is the same passage, plus the surrounding verses, as it appears in the The Message paraphrase edition:
"Servants, do what you're told by your earthly masters. And don't just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you're serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn't cover up bad work."
Your opportunity for an education at DBU is a gift from God. Don’t allow dishonesty or laziness to tarnish that gift.