March 30, 2020

A new wave of plagarism

The College of Eastern Utah faculty have been catching more and more plagiarism committed by students recently. In response to this, Alex Herzog, dean of students, and several faculty members want students to be aware of what constitutes plagiarism and how to prevent it.

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This archived article was written by: Michael Ware

The College of Eastern Utah faculty have been catching more and more plagiarism committed by students recently. In response to this, Alex Herzog, dean of students, and several faculty members want students to be aware of what constitutes plagiarism and how to prevent it.
Not all plagiarism is intentional. Herzog said some of the plagiarism is caused from a “failure to cite.” Another extreme of plagiarism is literally copying and pasting materials from the Internet. Even though students may use a work-cited page, it is essential to follow through with citing sources at the end of the paragraph or after the text that was quoted. Ways to cite information differs between the format of the paper being written.
Plagiarism is defined within the student handbook “includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.” Plagiarism does not need to be direct quotations without citing it as most people would believe. An alteration of text through rewording is considered plagiarism according to the definition provided.

If you have any questions with citation, Herzog recommends students “go the writing lab”, located in CBB. As a simple rule “if you didn’t say it, cite it”, Herzog stated. Chapel Taylor is one of the tutors at the writing lab. Taylor stated that the writing lab employees offer help in how to cite information and quotes. She said “people, who need help with learning how to cite, will have to want the help.” The writing lab is open Monday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Fridays 9 a.m. to noon.

As a bit of advice for anyone who needs the help, know which format your paper is needed to be done in. Two major formats at the college are MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association). If you are unsure which format is accepted or preferred by the professor, ask them which they are requiring or would prefer.

CEU professors are catching more plagiarism through the aid of computer software. The program can detect even word changes within the paper that was written. Since January, when Herzog took his post, roughly a half dozen students have been caught plagiarizing. Usually students that are first-time offenders are given a probationary period, according to Herzog. In addition to the probationary period, most students that plagiarize will also be reprimanded by the professor who caught the cheating. Professors can give a failing grade for the class. The punishments involved with plagiarism can usually be found within the syllabus for the class.

If you have any questions what plagiarism is refer to the student handbook. You will find policies in regard to plagiarism in pages 58-62. If you do not have a copy of the handbook you can find it on CEU’s webpage. If you confused if what you are doing is considered plagiarism, cite it or go to the writing lab for further help.
An alteration of text through rewording is considered plagiarism according to the definition provided.
If you have any questions with citation Herzog recommends that students go the writing lab, located in CBB. As a simple rule “if you didn’t say it, Cite it” Herzog stated. Chapel Taylor is one of the many helpful tutors at the writing lab which offers help in how to cite information and quotes. She also stated that people, who need the help with learning how to cite, will have to “want the help”. As a bit of advice for anyone who needs the help, know which format your paper is needed to be done in. Two major formats at the college are MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association). If you are unsure which format is accepted or preferred by the professor, ask them which they are requiring or would prefer. The writing lab is open Monday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Fridays 9 a.m. to noon.
Professors at CEU are beginning to catch more plagiarism through the aid of computer software. The program can detect even word changes within the paper that was written. Since January, when Herzog took his post, roughly a half dozen students have been caught plagiarizing. Usually students that are first-time offenders are given a probationary period according to Herzog. In addition to the probationary period, most students that plagiarize will also be reprimanded by the professor who caught the cheating. Professors can give a failing grade for the class. The punishments involved with plagiarism can usually be found within the syllabus for the class.
If you have any questions what plagiarism is refer to the student handbook. You will find policies in regard to plagiarism in pages 58-62. If you confused if what you are doing is considered plagiarism, cite it or go to the writing lab for further help.

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