Chronicle of Higher Education: "Another reason for the chronic plagiarism is the attitude that it doesn't matter"
Another reason for the chronic plagiarism is the attitude that it doesn't matter. I've been told by employees of the local copy shop that more than one student has had a paper faxed to them by their friends or parents. I asked the copy shop workers, who were also students at the college, why they didn't report this breach of the honor code, and they said they didn't know it was wrong and they certainly didn't think it was their responsibility. In other situations, students have said that they knew it was wrong, but insisted that it wasn't so bad and that, besides, everyone is doing it, and they'll never do it again. Right.
One observes that Joe Biden was caught plagiarizing a paper as a 1L at Syracuse Law School, given an F, and forced to re-take the course. Biden went on to become a U.S. Senator and then Vice-President.
As to --the attitude that it doesn't matter -- such attitude has existed for a LONG time.
Separately, from blawgsearch on 28 May 2016: