Plagiarized Doctoral Dissertation

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by Kizmet, Jan 18, 2020.

  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  2. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Plagiarism comes in many flavors. A writer can slip up and not put quote marks around a direct quote. Or he/she could fail to include the citation in the references list.

    Accidentally inserting large passages (more than a sentence or two) without citation is pretty hard, though. Those need to be offset with narrower margins. If you've include unattributed passages that are not offset, it isn't by accident.

    It also matters for what purpose the plagiarized text was being used. Was it in passing, or was it essential to the research?

    Intent matters here. Mistakes can be fixed. But passing off others' work as your own is academic dishonesty and the degree should be rescinded. Here? Hard to tell. There's not enough information in the article, but generally it doesn't look good.

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