Is it “legal” to rework an old paper or project?

A thesis that builds on work already completed can be a fine piece. An article or presentation that analyzes internship experiences, a presentation based on some aspect of work or study abroad, an article developed from research conducted as an Honors Undergraduate Fellow, a video for classroom use that grew out of practice teaching—these kinds of projects represent legitimate development of work already undertaken into a new and more complex form.

It is not legitimate simply to recycle, with minor additions or changes, a paper or papers already completed. A student who proposes to do no more than add a different introduction, a longer conclusion, or a few more examples or illustrations to an existing paper is not proposing a capstone of an honors education.