"professors made it a priority to stamp out cheating, it
didn't happen. When it was taken more lightly, it occurred more
liberally" (Schneider, 1999).
preventing plagiarism is better than having to deal with it when
The following suggestions might help you
dissuade students from even considering plagiarism.
- Make sure students know what plagiarism is.
- Talk to students about cheating and plagiarism, and
the ramifications, early in the semester.
- Maintain strict policies for plagiarism: it's
reasonable to assign a failing course grade to any student who
knowingly attempts to deceive by plagiarizing.
- Make sure students are familiar with the college
policies concerning plagiarism and cheating, specifically the
Each time a faculty member documents an incident of
academic dishonesty, he/she will submit to the Office of Academic
Affairs the following information (in hard copy to protect student
confidentiality): student name, class, date, description of incident
and action by faculty and/or student, faculty signature. The faculty
member will retain the documentation.
The Office of Academic Affairs will keep a file of
these submissions. When a student has been identified as committing an
act of academic dishonesty twice, the VPAA and VPSS will conduct an
investigation, which may include a formal hearing, and will recommend
or impose appropriate discipline.
- Tell students about the consequences others have
faced because of plagiarism: the case of plagiarism
at the University of Virginia is a good example.
- Become familiar with the writing styles of your
students and be alert for deviations from their styles.
- Be involved with your students as they go through the
process of writing a paper.
- Tell students that you know how easy it is to
plagiarize from the Internet.
- Be familiar with the essays in your discipline that
are available on the Web.
- Avoid open-ended writing assignments: the more
specific the assignment, the more difficult it will be for students to
- Inform students of college services designed to help
them write their papers.
- If you assign research papers, let students know what
you expect in terms of the citation and documentation of research
- Keep copies of student essays, and let students know
that you do this.
This page was last updated on
06 June 2013
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