Paraphrasing

How do I borrow from a source without plagiarizing?

NOTE: Assume that the paraphrase in each of the following questions is an accurate rendering of the ideas contained in the original passage. Just focus on whether the paraphrase violates the rules of academic integrity.

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  1. Read the following brief excerpt taken from a journal article:

    Officials at Western Carolina University designed their year-old mandatory-leave policy after struggling to help students with eating disorders who had refused to seek appropriate treatment. So far administrators have not had to remove a student, but Bill Haggard, the university's associate vice chancellor for student affairs, says the policy gives administrators "leverage to encourage students to get help." "Separating a student from the institution would be a last resort," Mr. Haggard said. "Our first mission would be to do all we could to help the student."

    Source: "Dismissed for depression." Eric Hoover. The Chronicle of Higher Education 52.29 (March 24, 2006): 6.

    You write the following paraphrase. Have you correctly put the information into your own words?

      Paraphrase:
    In 2005, Western Carolina University set up a “last-resort” policy to cope with students who have been diagnosed with serious mental illnesses, such as eating disorders, but who won’t try to get medical help. To date, the University has not chosen to suspend or expel any student under this policy (Hoover 6).



    What do you think? OK or plagiarism?

    1.   OK
    2.   Plagiarism