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Library Instruction Program

Plagiarism Active Learning (PAL)

The Plagiarism Active Learning Program is a referral program for students in violation of the Academic Code of Honesty.

The PAL Program is designed to help students understand issues related to academic integrity with a focus on Centenary University's Academic Code of Conduct. It explores what it means to plagiarize, cheat, and misrepresent scholarly/academic work through a one-on-one meeting with a PAL Librarian from Taylor Memorial Library or a PAL Academic Success Specialist. Together, student and PAL Coordinator work through examples and strategies that can be used to improve academic efforts and avoid committing academic offenses. By the conclusion of this meeting, the student is required to complete an exercise demonstrating their understanding of plagiarism.


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How to Refer a Student

  1. Fill out the PAL REFERRAL FORM located in Pharos (The student should be made aware that you are filing this form.)
    • Note: Only a faculty member or a member of Academic Success on behalf of the Academic Review Board can complete this form.
  2. Your submitted form will be sent to the Academic Review Board in the Academic Success Center for review & filing.
  3. If a first infraction, the Academic Success Center will refer the student to a PAL Coordinator to schedule a meeting.
  4. Students who have multiple infractions will be brought in front of the Academic Review Board for disciplinary action.

Meet your PAL Coordinators

Nick Ferrelli
Instruction & Outreach Librarian

  • B.A. History, Minor: Education, Adelphi University
  • M.L.S. Library Science, Queens College
  • M.S. Education - Curriculum Development & Instructional Technology, University at Albany

Initially planning to become a high school teacher, Nick fell in love with libraries after taking an entry level job at a university library and promoted several times. Nick joined Centenary University in the summer of 2022 bringing fifteen years of academic library experience. While he carries experience in back-end systems and library statistics he connects with the big picture of bridging library users with scholarly sources.

Nick is excited to share in the joys of completing a well thought out assignment or research paper. Discovering what students are researching and where the progression of ideas over time leads us as a society is dynamic and rewarding. When you celebrate at the end of the semester, he quietly celebrates in your success as well.

Abbie Davis
Assistant Director of Academic Success & Advising

  • B.A. English, Minor: Environmental Science, William Paterson University
  • M.A. English, Montclair State University

Abbie has worked in higher education for numerous years. While pursuing her master’s degree at Montclair State University, Abbie worked at Centenary University as a Professional Tutor where she was able to engage and work with students on a daily basis.

Additionally, she taught Developmental English at Middlesex County College for three years, as well as academic strategy courses at Northampton Community College and Centenary University. As a Student Success Specialist at Centenary, Abbie enjoys being able to assist students in working towards a successful academic career.