Archive for January, 2010

Response to Ch. 1

January 31, 2010

I consider myself fairly competent in properly citing academic work I incorporate into research papers.  After reading Chapter 1 of MY Word about examples of academic professionals who have been found guilty of plagiarism in one form or another, I was struck not only by the varying methods committed, such as double publications, but also the variance of penalties. While some academics may face criticism from their peers for not properly crediting contributions, others suffered career loss.  The author uses the chapter to provide different examples of plagiarism in practice.  I understand the difference between not properly using citations and completely fabricating a story. Students are reminded every semester about cheating and plagiarism with regard to examinations and the misuse of published materials used in research papers.  Penalties may range from an F as a letter grade on an assignment, and F as a letter grade for the course, to expulsion from the university.  If the severity for plagiarism for students may lead to the end of their higher education, then shouldn’t professionals found guilty be subject to a similar or even greater penalty?  The author mentions how standards in judgement for professionals vary between negligence and deliberate acts of plagiarism. Students, no matter if it is the use someone else’s work as their own or if it is improperly citing works, will be found guilty by their instructor and will be dealt with at least an F grade, as stated in the policies and regulations of the university. It would be beneficial if professionals be made to suffer as great or even harsher penalties for plagiarism than  just suffering from mere judgment of their ethics.