Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Plagiarism is plagiarism!

An editorial at the Virginia Cavalier titled Borrowing ideas contains the text:

Briceland specifically drew a distinction between grammatical plagiarism and honor plagiarism. Grammatical plagiarism arises when sources are not given appropriate credit in a student’s work either because of unintentional errors in citation or from ignorance of the proper method of attribution. Honor plagiarism occurs when a student deliberately misrepresents the work of others as his own. Briceland said the Committee should work to educate professors about these two kinds of plagiarism, as many professors cannot distinguish between the two. “Too many professors are only attuned to honor plagiarism; their knee-jerk reaction is that ‘plagiarism is plagiarism,’” Briceland said. He added that as a result, professors often report honor violations before considering a student’s intent.

IPBiz notes that plagiarism is copying without attribution. When an author recites well-known facts (As Lincoln's biblical allusion in the "House Divided" speech) attribution may not be needed, but as a general matter, plagiarism is plagiarism. Intent is a factor for the punishment phase, and is not part of the definition. UVa just doesn't get it. Neither did SIU.

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**Meanwhile, at the University of Georgia:

The Office of the Vice President for Instruction handles academic honesty cases for the University.

"We want professors to report to us instead of meeting with a student first," said Debbie Bell, the coordinator for student academic honesty. "That protects a student's due process rights."

The process of dealing with honor code violations begins with a facilitated discussion between the student and faculty member involved.

They work together to determine whether or not a violation has occurred and what an appropriate punishment would be.


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