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Plagiarism in educational institutions

Updated on May 21, 2013

What is plagiarism

Plagiarism is an old problem that has become a serious issue lately for professionals and institutions. Plagiarism is presenting the ideas of others as one’s own and not giving the due credit to the author for his/her work.

Plagiarism shows up under different names such as misappropriation, faulty citation, imitation, cheating, cribbing, stealing and copyright infringement (Marsh 1).

Plagiarism can be of two types:- intentional or unintentional. Talking in educational terms, unintentional plagiarism is when the student does not intend to deceive the professor and does it merely by lack of knowledge and understanding.

For instance a student that does not cite resources properly and make mistakes in citing references or does not list references at all are examples of unintentional plagiarism. It is extremely difficult for teachers to detect unintentional plagiarism (Smith 23).

Intentional plagiarism is when the student wants to cheat on the teacher by downloading a paper from Internet or uses the services of the freelance writers to finish their assignments for them. Whether plagiarism is intentional or unintentional it is considered wrong.

Why is it bad

Plagiarism is morally wrong and is considered bad and unethical. It is wrong not to give credit to someone for their work or steal or copy their innovative ideas and present it as one’s own ideas. Plagiarism is bad as it a dishonest practice and it is morally wrong to deceit professors.

A survey conducted by Christopher Hawley, a British teacher, of 425 undergraduates revealed that 12% of the students had asked someone to write a paper for them; 14.6% had submitted work written by another student and 5.6% admitted that they had submitted work purchased from a research service (Smith 24).This survey further revealed that 25% of the students agreed that plagiarism is an acceptable academic practice which further aggravates the problem leading to unethical behavior of such students at their work places as well in the future(Smith 24).

Why students plagiarize & anti plagiarism policy

There are various reasons why students resort to unfair means of getting things done and being involved in plagiarism. Students engage in plagiarism due to performance related motivation of getting good grades and avoiding failure in a course. While others simply purchase the research work from online as they do not have time themselves to complete their assignments or are simply very lazy to go about doing it.

Many universities in UK and US have taken strict disciplinary actions against students involved in plagiarism activities and have even suspended and fined students for their inappropriate behavior. Certain universities like Ilionois State University and Harvard University have developed plagiarism policies and a proper guide on how to avoid plagiarism.

In addition to that universities have plagiarism detection software such as turnitin to help them get hold of students involved in plagiarism.

My opinion on plagiarism

In my opinion,plagiarism is extremely wrong and if pupils are involved in it,they should face heavy penalties.Also the universities are doing the right thing that they have strict policies in place to deal with this evil.

Once the students get into the habit of plagiarism at their educational level,they will carry their plagiarism culture into their workplace as well so as to avoid worse consequences in future it should be handled well and curbed at the initial stages.


Plagiarism: alchemy and remedy in higher education by Bill Marsh

Plagiarism, the Internet, and student learning: improving academic integrity by Wendy Sutherland-Smith

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      Stephen M. George Jr., MPA 4 years ago


      November 30, 2013

      Reference: Georgia House Resolution 1444 Official Adult Learner Day

      Georgia House Resolution 1444 proclaiming April 9th 2004 as Official Adult Learner Day was passed on March 17, 2004. The full text can be found at . Please note I am the sole author and advocate of said resolution and passed it to State Representative Alisha Thomas (Morgan) to (co)sponsor said resolution.

      Moreover, please be aware any individual, group, or entity, who claims responsibility, whole or in part, for the authorship, advocacy, and passage of House Resolution 1444 without acknowledging myself, Stephen M. George Jr., MPA, is in fact guilty of omissions of significant and substantive fact(s) rising to the level of plagiarism.

      Plagiarism [can be defined as] an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization [and/or] the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author (As found November 26, 2013 at on

      Indeed, there was absolutely no substantive input or advocacy in whatever form from the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University 1000 Chastain Road Kennesaw Georgia 30144-5591, KSU's Adult Learner Program (ALP), or KSU's Adult Learner Student Organization (ALSO) other than that of myself, Stephen M. George Jr., MPA. If any individual or entity wishes to challenge my claim(s) I will be happy to discuss the matter under oath.

      Indeed, there was more than enough glory to share at the time ...and I generously did so. And I did it all whilst suffering from an undiagnosed Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) due to military service--LRS/LRP/LRRP Airborne unit (Charlie Airborne) doing polar arctic recon missions ...including a daring military assault parachute drop on the polar ice cap.. . I was diagnosed in 2010 with new advances in technology; but, now KSU doesn't even want to give credit where credit is due. I have on at least three other occasions informed KSU and KSU's ALP of their omission of fact(s) from their website related to Adult Learner Day. As such, subsequent said omission(s) cannot be said to have been unintentional. I find that unacceptable, unethical, and highly academically disingenuous.

      Consequently, I am informing you and your organization I am filing a grievance/complaint with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) per procedures outlined at as Kennesaw State University is in violation of one of SACS's most basic Principles of Accreditation (1.1 Integrity) in that the above statements of fact, especially when juxtaposed against the following quotes from the KSU Adult Learner Program website, are prima fascia evidence that The institution [does not operate] with integrity in all matters and is violating my civil rights based on discrimination due to veteran's status and physical disability--traumatic brain injury (TBI)

      As I am sure you know, this complaint can affect Kennesaw State University's SACS accreditation. Having said that, all I asked for is what I am due ... credit for my intellectual work when it is cited or alluded to. Indeed, I posit I should not have to ask for such.

      And I quote, ... April 9th of each year. On that date the state of Georgia celebrates “Adult Learner Day.” It was established by the passing of House Resolution 1444 on March 17, 2004. Former KSU President Betty Siegel and members of the Adult Learner Student Organization led this effort.(As found November 26, 2013 at Kennesaw State University Adult Learner Program website

      This is a bold-faced lie ...not only plagiarism but an outright falsehood! As I authored and was the sole advocate of this resolution I don't remember ANY input from Betty Siegel or anyone else; shame on Dr. Siegal and KSU as an institution for taking credit for this substantive project ...something they didn't do and didn't have any input in...again this is prima fascia evidence that KSU as an institution apparently was, and/or is, staffed by academic plagiarists. And The institution [does not operate] with integrity in all matters.

      In conclusion, the university is actively conducting institutional plagiarism and refuses to cite my intellectual work properly due to discrimination against me based on veteran's status and physical handicap--traumatic brain injury (TBI).

      Yours in Service,

      Stephen M. George Jr., MPA

      Stephen M. George Jr., MPA

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      - Robert Frost (The road not taken)