Have you ever caught a student plagiarizing?
Caught plagiarizing: 5 tips to get out of hot water!
Caught plagiarism? Find out what to do!
You have just received a stern email from your professor who is quite upset with you because the paper you submitted a few days ago appears to be plagiarized.
Attached to the email is a file that contains detailed documentation of where you got the information on the internet, and essentially copied and pasted the work of others to pass the material off as your own.
At the end of the electronic message, your professor asks you for an explanation and threatens to give your essay a zero. When the chills run down your back and you start to feel very humiliated, notice the last sentence of your professor's email ...
"You may have violated the university's guidelines on academic honesty and I am considering taking them to the school for possible disciplinary action."
Sound familiar? If so, you are not alone. The truth is that many learners [online and grounded] try to take shortcuts when writing assignments because they were up against a timer and stressed out. This happens when the procrastination wins in the execution of a job in advance through good time management and planning skills.
I just got caught plagiarizing - what do I do?
Below are five specific tips for dealing with situations where you have purposely plagiarized the work of others and been brought to your knees by your teacher. While there are tons of articles on the internet about preventing plagiarism, there are few about what students should do if they are caught in the act.
Read this carefully and follow these steps to minimize any possible harm that you have caused yourself. The advice is aimed primarily at online students, but is also useful for learners participating in ground-based programs or a combination of both.
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For your information:I have been a teacher and consultant in higher education for many years. I hope what you are reading here can be of benefit to you - especially if you have just been scammed and are feeling stressed out about college.
Tip 1: don't play the game 'I didn't know it was plagiarism'
Folks, I'm here to tell you firsthand that the most annoying thing your professor can hear in response to a plagiarism allegation is anything that sounds like, " I didn't know it was plagiarism . '
Come on - let's get real. If you've purposely copied and pasted entire amounts of material from a website and tried to pass it off as your own work, it is plain and simple plagiarism.
Somewhere deep down you know this is true, even if you can't bring yourself to fully admit it. And here is the plain truth on this point - your professor knows that too.
Why you got caught plagiarizing
The plagiarism report attached to the email you received from your instructor is likely from turnitin.com, Safe Assign, or some other outfit used to track down unoriginal work. While these applications can sometimes fail, most of the time they don't.
And if you've borrowed a ton of material from a website and then put it in your paper without properly quoting it, the plagiarism programs are easy to take on!
In fact, many colleges and universities have incorporated these programs into their classrooms. So once you hit the 'Submit' button to upload your essay, the plagiarism checkers will be on it before your professor ever sees the work!
Tip 2: Don't pretend you don't know how to quote correctly.
This is another lame excuse you don't want to give your professor after you've been arrested for plagiarism. While it is true that you can struggle with basic elements of the APA, we both know that if you say you can't quote, you are lying.
Common sense should tell you that when using the work of others, including synthesis, you must in some way demonstrate that you are tries offer credit to the original author.
Some may find this point a bit hazy, but I'm speaking directly to college students who basically know they stole work from others and tried to pass it off as their own.
Using this particular excuse will likely result in your professor taking further action and forcing you to attend a writing workshop or course specifically designed to prevent plagiarism.
Do you want to deal with this waste of time?
If your answer is no, don't use the 'I didn't know how to quote correctly' excuse. It's lame, old, and played out.
Tip 3: Do not write back a defensive answer to your professor
While this point seems like common sense, I can't tell you how many students made things worse by getting ticked off all of them and writing a defensive email in response to their professor's plagiarism request.
Note that this article is specifically designed for online students who have done this intentionally plagiarized. You know who you are
Folks, if you knowingly got on the internet and sniffed someone else's writings, do yourself a favor and don't send a nasty gram to your e-instructor, this will likely make a bad situation worse and guaranteed, that your paper is sent to the administration.
Please dont do this. Instead, follow the next tip.
Tip 4: respond with a gentle, non-defensive tone.
This point is key and one that you should read carefully! When answering your professor, use a non-defensive, humble tone of voice that speaks of a place of repentance.
While I am not suggesting that you actually admit in writing that you deliberately plagiarized, I do suggest that you offer something that demonstrates your awareness of the gravity of the situation.
I received such an email from a student that influenced me a lot to effectively solve the problem for the learner. Here is what the online student wrote (part 1).
Dear Professor, I appreciate that you are writing to me and to rent I know what you discovered with my essay. I apologize deeply for taking the time to deal with this. I won't give you any excuses.
Note that the student immediately came out as real and real and provided an awareness of the problem without going into many details.
The same student also offered an apology, which is important! This type of approach is helpful for the instructor as he does not need to play the back and forth game with the student regarding items 1 to 3 above.
Tip 5: Ask to resubmit for partial credit
This particular tip can help you get at least partial credit for the plagiarized task and avoid having an official plagiarism report attached to your academic report.
When she got back to the student mentioned in the previous tip, she added me a language at the bottom of her email that basically asked for forgiveness and a request that she may submit a partial credit again.
Because the learner showed integrity, I was convinced to have them resubmit the essay and earn points for the paper.
The approach here is simple: give your professor a way out after showing remorse. What you may not realize is that writing plagiarism reports as a faculty member is extremely time consuming. In fact, it is feared by almost all adjuncts and full-time professors, be it web-based or stationary.
By taking the lead here, showing integrity, and offering you and your instructor a potential way out of the situation, you create a possible “win-win” dynamic.
Who would have thought this was possible considering where this entire article started?
For your information: You need to know that this last tip is not guaranteed to work. There will be some online faculty members throwing their asses at the dogs for cheating on you.
However, I'll say that in many cases it won't if you take the right approach.
Plagiarism with students is nothing new. Most faculty members who teach distance learning have encountered this problem many times.
The approach you take as a student after bankruptcy will in large part affect what happens next.
I can tell you from experience that you do not want your academic files to be officially marked for plagiarism. If you are in the military, federal government, or other type of work that involves frequent background checks, a plagiarism fee will be added to your academic records can appear.
In addition, multiple allegations of plagiarism at a school often result in the perpetrator being booted from their college or institution.
Unfortunately, that means a learner inflated thousands of dollars in tuition just to get a big, fat goose egg for short cuts.
My final point here for any student thinking of plagiarism is this: Please don't! There used to be a time when spotting unoriginal writing was a hit or miss in schools.
Nowadays, most of them use the latest technology to detect plagiarism. Far better if you are late on an assignment and lose points for being late than get in big trouble stealing someone else's work.
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