Plagiarism is a serious academic offense. West Virginia University regards plagiarism as academic dishonesty. Consequences of plagiarism include failing an assignment, receiving a lower course grade, and even failing a course.
Read WVU's Policy on Academic Dishonesty. (http://studentlife.wvu.edu/office_of_student_conduct/student_conduct_code#Anchor-1.-44522)
Did You Know? The word plagiarism comes from the Latin plagiarius meaning "kidnapper"