Plagiarism refers to any attempt, intentional or unintentional, to pass off another's work as your own. According to Aurora University's Code of Academic Conduct, plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, turning in an assignment written in whole or in part by someone else, improperly citing a source, and presenting a quote or paraphrasing an author's idea without citation.
Plagiarism is a serious offense - intellectual theft constitutes lying as well as stealing. Furthermore, it is inexcusable for one to claim that they plagiarized on accident; scholars and researchers must take time and care to properly give authors credit for their work.
Fabrication refers to any attempt to exaggerate or make up data. According to AU's Code of Academic Conduct, content that can be fabricated includes, but is not limited to, "information, citations, or bibliographic references in any academic work"; it may also include, "altering, forging, or falsifying any academic record or other University document."
Academia is democratic by nature: scholars from all backgrounds have equal footing in classrooms and conference halls as they share their ideas and findings. Presenting false information undermines this democracy, leading others to believe and perpetuate incorrect data while silencing those who produce honest work.
To view the procedure and consequences of academic dishonesty, please view AU's Code of Academic Integrity online.