U.S. Soccer

Plagiarism and Cheating Policy 

U.S. Soccer

U.S. Soccer seeks to ensure an environment of intellectual honesty and integrity in both the learning and evaluation processes taking place. To protect this integrity and the rights of all candidates, this policy and procedure has been created.


Plagiarism demonstrates a lack of integrity and character that is inconsistent with the goals and values of U.S. Soccer.
Excellent written expression of well-formulated ideas is a fundamental skill for career success. Plagiarism interferes with the assessment and feedback process that is necessary to promote academic growth. Plagiarism defrauds the instructor with a false view of a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. It may prevent further instruction in areas of weakness and delay the candidate in reaching their potential.

Plagiarism includes:

  • Taking someone else’s assignment or portion of an assignment, and submitting it as one's own.
  • Submitting material written by someone else or rephrasing the ideas of another without giving the author’s name or source.
  • Presenting the work of tutors, parents, siblings or friends as one's own.
  • Submitting purchased papers as one's own.
  • Submitting papers from the Internet written by someone else as one's own.
  • Supporting plagiarism by providing work to others, whether it is believed it will be copied or not.


Cheating demonstrates a lack of integrity and character that is inconsistent with the goals and values of U.S. Soccer.
Education is based on learning specific skills, forming lifelong work habits and developing mature coping skills according to each candidate’s unique abilities. Stress propels candidates to make unethical choices. When candidates choose to cheat, it may be a symptom of more serious problems such as inappropriate class placement and/or academic desperation. Cheating robs candidates of their opportunity to become competent. Assignments should be considered individual unless the instructor states otherwise.

Cheating includes:

  • Copying, emailing, or in any way, duplicating assignments that are turned in; wholly or in part, as original work.
  • Exchanging assignments with other candidates, either handwritten or computer generated, whether it is believed they will be copied or not.
  • Giving or receiving answers during tests or quizzes.  It is the candidates’ responsibility to protect his or her papers so other candidates will not have the opportunity or the temptation to copy them.
  • Taking credit for group work when the candidate has not contributed an equal or appropriate share toward the final result.
  • Accessing a test or quiz for the purpose of determining the questions in advance of its administration.
  • Providing false information or misrepresenting one’s background or experience as part of any application or assignment.

Determination of Plagiarism/Cheating

Through the use of record files, search engines or by communicating with personal references, instructors or administrators will, in certain cases, be able to provide documented evidence of plagiarism.


Evidence of intentional plagiarism or cheating may result in the following penalties:

  • Requirement that the candidate repeats and re-submits the same or alternate assignment. In such cases, the grade or mark awarded will be reduced or limited at the discretion of the instructor.
  • A mark of "0" will be given for the assignment with no opportunity to resubmit. This may result in failure of the course.
  • Immediate removal, without refund, from a course.