Nik is in trouble for assignment plagiarism.
- Rule #1 – Don’t copy your assignments.
- Rule #2 – If you do copy, admit it. Punishment will be less severe.
Hi i was just reading the post about the assistantship screw ups… well im in troubled waters myself.
My friend and I were discussing and writing an assignment together and we both had almost the same wordings.
Now the professor is saying we have committed plagiarism.
Well I dont know wht’s going to hppn now as the prof said he needed to speak to the Program Head. This has never hppd b4 to me! ne idea wht wd happen? ne one been in a similar condition as I have? really worried now.. i dnt want 2 b sent home!
It was jst an assignment! n we did it together as we wd generally do in India! Any advice would def help
What is Plagiarism and Why is it Important?
In college courses, you are continually engaged with other people’s when reading them in texts, hearing them in lecture, discuss them in class, and incorporate them into our own writing.
As a result, it is very important that we give credit where it is due. Plagiarism is using others’ ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information.
How Can Students Avoid Plagiarism?
To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use
- another person’s idea, opinion, or theory;
- any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings—any pieces of information—that are not common knowledge;
- quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words; or
- paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words.
You should have similar rules (like above) in your university.
Coming to US for higher education is one thing, but why do you want to spend so much money and travel several thousands of miles to copy assignment or do same things that you did in India?
Expressing same ideas will end up in different words and sentences atleast in writing assignment. But, having almost same words, will not fit well with professors.
Your professor and department head have to decide what can be done.
All you can do is admit the truth (if you copied) or say you both discussed the ideas, but was not aware of giving credit.
Hope for the best.
Its not just writing assignment. Professors take assignments, projects seriously.
If you plan to copy, think several times before doing it. Get ready to face severe consequences.
If you have faced similar situations, do share your experiences.