From MACC Academic Dishonesty Policy, pages 69-70 of MACC Student Handbook:
U.S. copyright law states that an author owns his or her words the minute they are "fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device" (U.S. Code: Title 17, Section 101). Students should be careful to honor copyright law especially when they are using electronic mediums of communication. Students should not electronically or otherwise publish without the permission of the copyright owner-any material that they did not write themselves.
Accusation of academic dishonesty puts the burden of proof on the student, not the instructor. Whether intentional or unintentional, all instances of academic dishonesty could have one of the following consequences (this list is not exclusive): reduction of paper/test/project grade; failure of paper/test/project with a rewrite or re-creation; failure of paper/test/project without a rewrite or re- creation; reduction of course grade; failed course grade; expulsion from the course; or expulsion from MACC.