ERIC Number: EJ924857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Is It Happening? How to Avoid the Deleterious Effects of Plagiarism and Cheating in Your Courses
Hall, Susan E.
Business Communication Quarterly, v74 n2 p179-182 Jun 2011
Plagiarism can be "plaguing" if it is not discussed, understood, and enforced by the professor right at the beginning of the course and throughout the semester. Students usually don't "have" to cheat or plagiarize; they do so mainly because "they can." Professors who turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to students who plagiarize create deleterious effects that can prove disturbing to the entire academic profession, regardless of the discipline. The more students practice with plagiarism, the lazier they become because they can "get away" without proper citing. It hurts all professors requiring research and written work from their students. In this article, the author describes her policies on cheating and/or plagiarizing in her courses and suggests that professors do their part in developing student integrity and honor by paying close attention to students tempted to plagiarize, and enforce their policies with strict consequences that deter these types of behaviors. It may mean that professors have to do a little more work, but in the end, the payoff is priceless.
Descriptors: Plagiarism, Cheating, Ethics, Student Behavior, College Faculty, Guides, College Students, Internet, Computer Uses in Education, Behavior Change, Prevention, Assignments, Writing (Composition), Teacher Role
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