Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and using them as one’s own. It seems simple and not hard to comprehend, but some students do not realize when they plagiarize. Students do not know that copying from Wikipedia, which may contain no author, is plagiarizing if the work is not cited. With the use of technology and easy access to answers or completed essays, original work sounds too complicated for students who would rather spend their time doing more enjoyable things such as going to basketball or football games and parties. However, this behavior must stop and more needs to be done to educate students about copying. Solutions to stop plagiarism include educating students at a young age, learning and understanding the consequences, and focus on originality rather than plagiarism and the negativity.
If a student in college does not understand plagiarism, it is not fair for them to get expelled for unknowingly cheating. Several instances have occurred where students did not cite sources because they were not aware it was necessary:
At Rhode Island College, a freshman copied and pasted from a Web site’s frequently asked questions page about homelessness — and did not think he needed to credit a source in his assignment because the page did not include author information (Gabriel 1).
Yes, this is the student’s fault for not citing the source, but he cannot be fully blamed because at a younger age he was not properly taught about plagiarism. This is what needs to change in all education systems around the country. Throughout high school I have had to write several essays and if I would have been unsure about the meaning of plagiarism I may have received zeros. I believe students should be taught about plagiarism in middle school. Lessons could vary on how to teach the topic such as writing an essay about plagiarism or going over a PowerPoint and taking notes. This will help stop high school and college students using the excuse of not understanding plagiarism.
Consequences for plagiarism exist in and out of school. In college one offence can cause a suspension, but multiple offences could result in the student getting kicked out of the college. Copying someone else’s words or ideas is not worth getting expelled from college. Moreover, according to the article, “6 Consequences of Plagiarism,” plagiarism in a profession could cause the loss of the job and difficulty gaining respect (Ithenticate 1). If one thinks it is worth risking their job by plagiarizing, I hope they get caught and do get fired. One case involving a New York Times columnist did get caught, Dowd wrote a paragraph word for word except for one change (Pilkington 1). The columnist...