Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 6 -
Punishment for Plagiarists: Real World Case
In one Adjunct professor’s experience,
plagiarism is largely tolerated at major U.S. colleges and
universities, and he found it to be extremely frustrating.
There was one particular case where a U.S.
Military officer submitted a computer program that matched the work
of another, line for line. Upon investigation, the professor
discovered that he had lifted someone else’s work from a trash bin
and copied it, adding only his name, as the author.
This professor was especially offended because
this officer was a graduate of a U.S. Military academy, and was
completely familiar with the Honor Code and the ethics of an
officer. Upon confrontation, he was completely unremorseful and
gave the lame excuse, “everyone does it.”
In this case, the professor attempted to flunk
the student and file a complaint against him with the university.
The professor was fully aware that the Armed Forces would not be
favorable to the officer, that he would lose his security clearance
and could be summarily dismissed from the armed forces, perhaps
losing his retirement and most of all, his personal honor.
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