A Note on Plagiarism

posted Apr 21, 2012, 6:19 AM by Nicky Guinto   [ updated Oct 31, 2014, 10:07 AM ]

Any student who ignores the content of the classroom discussions would be wise not to take this course at all. If you have no more interest in learning, drop out of school and do something else so you can make room for a serious student. You apparently lack the ethics and motivation needed for earning a college degree.

Plagiarism from online and other sources is easy for me to detect using several means of analysis. Students who once violated this rule can tell you that the experience of being caught by me in an act of plagiarism is something they regret now and probably for the rest of their lives. Potentially exemplary careers can be and indeed have been ruined by such short-sighted, unethical behavior.

I take plagiarism and cheating seriously because I have a duty to protect the rights and expectations of honest students who work hard to earn a grade based on ethical practices in research and writing. If your work appears unusually better than I might reasonably expect it to be based on your academic or workplace experience, I may suspect plagiarism and will investigate. You may be required to submit complete citations and copies of all source material consulted for a given assignment.

These are some words I adapted from T. E. Roberts (2011) which pretty much encapsulate everything I wanted to point out.