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Plagiarism of another source used to benefit your own academic achievement is cheating, and it is wrong to do so. However, I think the punishment for plagiarism should be based upon the intention of the student. For example, there have been times where I simply forgot to cite a quote that I used from a book in my essay. The teacher noticed the lack of citation, but he did not turn me in to the honor council because he knew that I had just made an error, although it would have been defined as plagiarism. Therefore, I do not think that this form should be punished. However, I think that if the student intentionally does not cite a source, does not put quotations around a direct sentence from a source and uses it as his own sentence, directly copies and pastes, or writes something word-for-word that a friend or family member said and uses it as his own, all of these are acts of plagiarizing and should be punished accordingly. For the first offense, I think that the teacher should make the student re-write the essay, and take at least one letter grade off to begin with. For any further offenses, the student should receive a zero for the assignment, with no exceptions.

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Every person has probably cheated at least once in their lifetime in some way or the other. I can guarantee that. There is no use in denying it becasue when you cheat, the only person you’re actually cheating is yourself. So why do it in the first place? To make yourself feel better? The only thing that its going to make you feel is guilt.  I understand that when you cheat during a test, its a whole different situation. But copying someone else’s work that they have put so much effort in to and making it your own? Thats just wrong. At least give the person a little credit. Although I agree that plaigiarism is wrong, the whole process of citing your works and where you got them can be tiring and sometimes even annoying. However, expelling or suspending a student just because he/she copied someone else’s work is unjust. That is a little bit too serious for such a small offence. There are other situations that require such actions but have not implemented them. If those situations don’t have such severe punishments for offences, then neither should plaigiarizing. If students had to be punished in any case, then resorting to failing the student in that particular subject by the professor would do just fine. After all, we are students, and students do make mistakes. And they can also learn from those mistakes without being punished.

Sure, plagiarism is an issue. Students everywhere plagiarize because they’re lazy. It’s so easy to copy and paste the information that you need straight into your paper or presentation. No one wants to go to the trouble to summarize, re-word, cite, or anything of the sort. I’m not going to lie: I have plagiarized in an effort to hasten my workload before. On assignments that teachers don’t take seriously, it is especially tempting. However, I think that school systems make a larger deal over plagiarism than necessary. I do think it is unfair to the actual author of the work if you are using their ideas and not giving them credit for them. But, in the long run, what’s the big deal? For most school assignments, no one even really cares what you have to say. You write papers because you’re told to, and teachers read them because they have to, not because they are interested. It’s their job. So, in my opinion, plagiarism shouldn’t be as severely punished as it currently is. Perhaps the student should receive a failing grade for the assignment, but I don’t think any further punishment is necessary. And I certainly don’t think the student should be suspended or expelled. That’s just ridiculous.

Question: Plagiarism is the act of committing fraud by acknowledging someone else’s ideas as your own, or by not giving an existing source credit for an original idea.  According to a study by The Center for Academic Integrity, nearly 80% of college students confess to cheating at least once. What do you think is the proper punishment for a student who gets caught cheating or plagiarizing information?