Plagiarism in an Academic Environment

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Plagiarism in an Academic environment

In the Academic world today, the rising incidences of plagiarism are putting more schools and universities on high alert, and zeroing in on how to detect and prevent it. Academic institution’s often have a Student Code of Academic Integrity. Students, whom are caught cheating, can be given warnings, bad grades or even expelled out of school. Today, information is flowing freely and with ease through the Internet. Having this option would make students think more about cheating. According to a survey conducted in 2000, about 96.1% of all respondents are aware of the Internet and within those 59.3% have access the Internet (Business Insights/NOP survey, 2000).

There are many instances, in which students are apt to plagiarize on their home work tasks, assignments, and tests. Some reasons include: his/her learning plan was either not well established, altered, unexpectedly reduced, or that it is just simply easier to cheat nowadays. For now, time is their enemy. The only way to finish the task on time and get good grade is to cheat, to steal someone’s work, and incorporate into his or her own work. An individual, who can get away with it the first time, will more than likely try it a second and third time to follow. They are dead wrong to think that professors, students and individuals can memorize millions of information from the library, Internet, newspaper, etc… plagiarize from many other sources, consolidate into one work and call it their own. A well trained teacher or professor can differentiate between a student’s normal and not-so-normal format and style; especially since there are situations they can review and examine the content of a student’s homework assignment. Technology and its capabilities have empowered teachers with the ability to detect plagiarism. There are now websites that instructor’s can utilize to detect whether his/her students are plagiarizing, such as: http://www.turnitin.com. It is not so easy to get away with plagiarizing these days, many students think that most instructors’ don’t have the time to research and detect any plagiarizing in their students work, but to much surprise there are organization’s in place to do it for them. So thinking that the instructor doesn’t have the time to go through everyone’s work, is a misunderstanding and unfortunate for the student.

Defining and Avoiding plagiarism in Academic environment

In an interview with the Synfax Weekly Report, Donald L. McCabe, Professor of Organization Management at Rutgers University, talked about his latest national survey on academic integrity at America’s colleges and universities (Synfax Weekly Report, May 2000 issue). The result showed shocking numbers of plagiarism in schools with no honor code, traditional honor code and modified honor code (Synfax Weekly Report, May 2000 issue). Serious cheating on campuses

WhenPvt. Campus with Honor CodeLg. Pub. Univ.
with Modified Honor CodeCampuses with No Honor Code
On tests23%33%45%
On written work45%50%56%

In the United States, a 2003 Rutgers University study of 18,000 students, 2,600 faculty, and 650 teaching assistants on 23 campuses found that “thirty-eight percent of the undergraduate students completing the survey indicated they had engaged in one or more instances of cut & paste plagiarism using the Internet in the past year - paraphrasing or copying a few sentences of material from the Internet without citing the source. This is a dramatic increase from the 10% who acknowledged ‘cut & paste’ plagiarism using the Internet in a similar survey conducted only two years ago” (New Study Confirms Internet Plagiarism Is Prevalent, 2003).

Team A gained valuable insight and knowledge about the many forms of plagiarism, through their required reading materials and internet searches these include the following:

Handing in papers written by others (it could be from known member or bought from internet...
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