Plagiarism at UoP

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by mattbrent, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. mattbrent

    mattbrent Well-Known Member

    Good to know. Thanks, graymatter.

    The interesting thing is that I've had another student in the same class send me a message because she feels the other students in the class are plagiarizing their discussion posts and such, so I'm hoping to talk to her about plagiarism later.

  2. Princeofska

    Princeofska New Member

    Sorry, just saw the masters in history and poli, and figured that is what you were teaching for them. Didn't realize you could do education graduate courses with a masters... gives me some food for thought on getting a side degree.

    I once had a student give me here "practice" paper, which was just copying and pasting off a bunch of webpages. She complained to me that I didn't let her know that I thought it was plagiarism before I turned her in. I told her it wouldn't have changed my mind, and I had actually gone through my manager to report her at this school... She raised hell about it for the rest of the course, and tried to get everyone to give me bad reviews. Funny thing was, I had the best average I have every had with that school (3.89 out of 4) that class! It seems like students will try any excuse, I much prefer the ones that just fess up and apologize.
  3. mattbrent

    mattbrent Well-Known Member

    Just wanted to post an update:

    I got two emails from UoP with copies of letters that were sent to the students. I'm not sure how the "investigation" process works, but apparently whoever was assigned to one of the students went through everything she did in class. The investigator uncovered that not only had she plagiarized the assignment I caught, but she had plagiarized another and almost every discussion question response. HOLY COW! I don't know if I'll find out what eventually happens to them, but I have to give UoP credit for actually investigating it. When I had originally called them, it sounded like they were just going to blow it off, but it's certainly clear they didn't!

  4. mbaonline

    mbaonline New Member

    Wow. I'm impressed. Usually, after I find a plagiarized section, I'll go back and re-review everything that the student has submitted and I occasionally find something else.

    I haven't had any reversals from Academic Affairs. Unfortunately, I've reported 2-5 incidents each session. I even assign a DQ in week #1 where I discuss my views and wish out loud for a plagiarism-free session. Hasn't worked yet but I am ever optomistic. This past session had three incidents.

    I did have one student (who actually worked for UoP) who I gave a C- minus and they asked me to change his/her grade to an F and a second student last session where they had me change his/her grade to an F from a C.
  5. Princeofska

    Princeofska New Member

    Well, at least they had some integrity. I am surprised!

    Every time I find a plagiarized assignment I go back through the written work, but the discussions in general are a bit tedious, I will probably only look at a few of them and run them through Google at random.
  6. mattbrent

    mattbrent Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised their system isn't automatically configured to check posts for plagiarism through something like turnitin. That'd be nice...

  7. mattbrent

    mattbrent Well-Known Member

    I suppose I should find some humor in this, but I just busted another student plagiarizing the same assignment with the same file found online. I think this is a test or something...

  8. Danielle83

    Danielle83 New Member

    I am so scared!

    I recently had a research essay due. I was in such a time crunch to finish that I completely forgot to add my part of the essay in my own words. I did cite and add a reference page? I was given a zero but I'm confused as to why that is plagiarism. What will happen to me? Can someone explain? I didn't do this purposely.
  9. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    This is a joke, right? Tell me your joking. Please.
  10. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    Which course is this? Which school and program are you completing? What happened? You copied a research paper and submitted it as your own without making modifications to the paper? I guess the only thing you can do is ask them to allow a resubmitted piece.

    Anything you find shouldn't be used in your paper, it should only be used as reference, you need to speak or email an academic adviser from the school and see if that can be resubmitted for credit. Do not plagiarize the work as your own.
  11. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    it's a joke


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