Thursday, March 06, 2008

Plagiarism: intent in the eye of the beholder?

Glenn Poshard of SIU is lucky he didn't do his thesis at the Mississippi University for Women (MUW) which notes:

For flagrant acts of plagiarism where the intent to plagiarize is clear, such as turning in
another student's work as one's own or copying significant portions of published material
without documenting sources
, the faculty member may assign a grade of "0" on the work and
request that the case proceed immediately to the Academic Standards Board for disciplinary

Unfortunately, MUW also notes:

Plagiarism is an honor code violation and a federal crime.

There is no federal crime of plagiarism. Copyright infringement is covered by federal law, but copyright infringement and plagiarism are NOT the same things.


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