Blog Post #7 Defining Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined by Wikipedia as the “wrongful appropriation” and “stealing and publication” of another author’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions.”  I personally feel that it is wrong to take the work of someone else and credit it as your own.  In a academic setting though, i feel that even though it is still wrong the disciplinary actions are a bit extreme in most cases.  Most universities would possibly kick a student out of school if found guilty of plagiarism on just one assignment.  Instead of punishing a student and stopping their road to higher learning completely i believe just a failing grade on the assignment would be enough.  There are multiple angles and steps that should be taken when it comes to plagiarism that could be more helpful.

A meeting of the student and instructor could be held to solve further plagiarism.  "Why did the student plagiarize?" should be a goto question.  It could indeed the fact that the lesson or assignment that is being given by the instructor not meaningful or too generic for the student?  Is there something going on in the students personal life that could be effecting the amount of energy they can put into the work.  If these are some of the things that could be in play the instructor has a duty which is to help the students learn the best way possible.  The instructor could try a different way of gibing a lesson plan or try helping the student out with their schedule to insure that the work can be done in an organized manner without plagiarism.  It is not only the students responsibility to do their work and not plagiarize but also the instructor responsibility to give the most memorable and effective way of learning for students.

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