Would Relaxing Plagiarism Standards Lower a University’s Quality and Reputation? Why or Why Not?

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Would relaxing plagiarism standards lower a university’s quality and reputation? Why or why not? Submitted By: Haji Akbar Course: ASL 500 Instructor: Jin Kim

Today’s era of cyber technology is very advanced and is equipped with digital technologies providing students with facilities to just copy and paste others’ ideas in a few seconds. Online research articles, books and other social networks are easily accessible sources of information, but they have made the plagiarism easier than ever before. Universities’ are considered to provide top quality students having critical and inventive approach; those must not be plagiarist. Actually relaxing plagiarism standards in a university will discourage creativity, foster laziness and lead to the production of under achievers, due to this university would not be able to maintain its reputation.

Relaxing of plagiarism standards will negate student’s motivation for development of new ideas. A plagiarized work can’t be considered a new one, as said by Ms. Wilensky (cited from Garibel T, 2010), that “you’re not coming up with new idea if you’re grabbing and mixing and matching”. Young generation is generally being considered the future of a nation, and standard schooling system acts as a nursery to prepare them for coming challenges. By relaxing plagiarism standards our universities can increase the number of degree holders, but they would not be able to produce creative, motivated and well skilled professionals. Furthermore relaxing plagiarism standards will affect the progress and moral values of our society.

The exact causes that enforce a student to plagiarise are complex, but worth examining. Many students do not know how to critically evaluate internet sources, but they just think these are for anyone to use (Teresa Fishman, cited from Garibel T, 2010), and up to 60% of students cannot distinguish between paraphrased and plagiarized text (Roig,...
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