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ERIC Number: EJ788954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-29
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Antiplagiarism Software Takes on the Honor Code
Wasley, Paula
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n25 pA12 Feb 2008
Among the 100-odd colleges with academic honor codes, plagiarism-detection services raise a knotty problem: Is software compatible with a system based on trust? The answer frequently devolves to the size and culture of the university. Colleges with traditional student-run honor codes tend to "forefront" trust, emphasizing it above all else. This can be difficult to reconcile with plagiarism-detection software. Other colleges with modified honor codes, jointly administered by faculty and students, may emphasize a system of "relative responsibilities": students are responsible for honesty, and faculty members are obliged to ensure everyone plays fair. In that context, using software as a check may be viewed as both sensible and reasonable. "The Internet has changed everything," says one associate dean, who does not necessarily see a conflict between plagiarism-detection tools and an honor system. If a professor is upfront with students about checking their papers for plagiarism with a software tool, it may not be a presumption of guilt, but trying to let them know they have to be thoughtful about how they are using the Internet. The question currently remains unresolved.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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