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What Happens When You Plagiarise?

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Plagiarism is very serious. If you’re caught, it can not only damage your academic or business reputation, it can lead to legal consequences as well.

What Can Happen?

So, what happens when you plagiarize? Well, your college experience can be over for a start. Many colleges and universities have zero tolerance when it comes to plagiarism and will expel a student for it after the first offense. Even if you are lucky enough to not face expulsion, you can still fail the class. A failing grade can really bring down your grade point average, and you’ll have to work to bring it back up before you can graduate. On that note, that makes it worse if you are caught plagiarizing during your last semester before graduation. You may have to postpone your graduation to another semester and that’s only if you’re given the chance to do so. Overall, plagiarism can ruin your chance to get that college degree you’ve been working towards.

If your professor suspects that you intentionally plagiarized something, they’ll work hard to find proof. For example, if you just copied something verbatim out of a book written by a well-known scholar that your professor is familiar with, all they have to do is go to the book from the university library and find the passage that you copied. Another option is they can do a google search online using the text they suspect was copied, or they can use the tools at turnitin.com if they already have the class turn in their assignments at that website.

If the professor is able to find proof, they will bring it to the attention of University officials, who will conduct their own formal investigation. When you are being formally accused of plagiarism by the University, you’ll have the opportunity to defend yourself in front of a committee. Because of this process that exists in many colleges and universities, being found guilty of plagiarism does not always lead to expulsion. It does depend on each University’s code of conduct. But there’s a pretty good chance you will get expelled.

The University of Virginia

Let’s take a look at the process that happens when you are formally accused of plagiarism at the University of Virginia. This university has an honor code that all students are bound to follow. They consider plagiarism to be a form of academic fraud because it is claiming the work or ideas of someone else to be your own. Even just paraphrasing something without properly citing it is considered plagiarism by this university.

The University of Virginia gives students a chance to come clean about their plagiarism before there is any suspicion of such an act. Students can do this by filing a retraction form that will allow them to confess and make amends. The university called this a “Conscientious Retraction” (http://www.virginia.edu/honor/faq/)

But if a student is under suspicion for plagiarism, the professor, or even a fellow student, who suspects them can file a report with the University of Virginia honor committee. Two impartial investigators will conduct their own investigation. After the investigation, a panel made up of three honor committee members will look at the evidence that was found. If they find that the evidence presented shows that plagiarism has occurred, the student can then either admit guilt through an “Informed Retraction” (http://www.virginia.edu/honor/informed-retraction/) and leave the University for two semesters (They even have the opportunity to do this when they are first reported), or they can request a hearing.

What makes the University of Virginia different from other universities is that the honor committee is run by students. If a hearing is requested by a student accused of plagiarism, that hearing, or trial as they refer to it, includes jurors made up of committee members and random selected students who will look at the evidence presented. If a student is found guilty of plagiarism during the hearing, they are expelled from the university.

How Will You Learn if You Plagiarize?

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Not only will you possibly get expelled, but when you plagiarize, you cheat yourself out of learning the material fully. Professors assign essays and papers because they want to see that you are learning what they are teaching. They want to see that you can your own original ideas about a particular topic in a well-organized manner. They also want to see that you know how to properly cite something that is paraphrased. Papers and essays are assigned to teach students written communication and organizational skills.

Plagiarism Outside of School

Plagiarism does not have to occur at school. It can occur in any aspect of your life. For instance, a person takes a job where they have to write a song, and copies some of the lyrics directly from another song by another musician. Whereas plagiarism in university can just lead to expulsion, this kind of plagiarism can lead to a day in court for the plagiarist. The musician can take the offending song writer to court for infringing on their intellectual property rights. If found guilty, the offender has to pay the money that the musician lost as a result of the infringement, as well as any legal fees.

Plagiarism can occur in the business world too. Each company has a code of ethics and business plan. Those documents must be unique and not similar to business documents by other companies. Else, their reputation as a legitimate business can be ruined and they will lose a lot of money.

According to the Business Insider, a real life example of plagiarism occurred in the journalism community when CNN fired a news editor for plagiarism. This is per a story on the Business Insider by Steve Kovach, dated May 16, 2014 (http://www.businessinsider.com/cnn-fires-news-editor-plagiarism-2014-5). CNN had to edit the portions of this new editor’s articles that were plagiarized, and even delete entire articles. I searched for the offending editor - Marie-Louise Gumuchian - on Google, and she is still a journalist at The Daily Star in Lebanon (http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Marie-Louise-Gumuchian.ashx) So, her career in journalism was not entirely ruined, but that is not always the case. I bet she couldn’t find another job working in journalism in the United Kingdom or the United States due to the act of plagiarism that she committed while at CNN.

Prescott Papers

So, getting back to the question: what happens when you plagiarize at university? Most likely scenario is being expelled, as we already discussed. But how can you prevent that occurrence? By not plagiarizing in the first place. Of course, you can do this by doing your own work. But if you have so much coursework to do and exams to study for, it can get overwhelming. In that case, it’s ok to ask Prescott Plagiarism for a custom paper. Using Prescott Papers is not plagiarism because:

  1. The writers hired by Prescott Papers will only write completely original work. Our writers come from different academic and professional backgrounds. They understand how seriously colleges and universities take plagiarism.

  2. You have the chance to make the work our writers produce your own, and you should take that chance. Each order of a custom paper with Prescott Papers comes with unlimited edits and revisions. When you get a completed custom paper back from us, you should take the time to read it through. You can ask for revisions to make the writing closer to your own style. We also have fast and reliable support via phone and email so you can communicate those requested changes to us.

  3. You may wonder about how it’s not plagiarism when you still didn’t do most of the work. Yes, one of our professional writers wrote the paper, but no one else has to know. We have a guarantee of complete confidentiality. We will never give anyone your information. Also, our website is completely secure with Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, another way that helps ensure your privacy when visiting our website.

As far as the argument that you won’t learn anything by having Prescott Papers do the work, the best option is to not use our custom writing service until you have a good grasp on the material. On that note, Prescott Papers also offers tutoring in many subjects as well.

If you must order a custom paper, Prescott Papers is the best way to do it. This is not only because of the points made above, but because they can get your custom paper done even in less than 24 hours if you need it in a rush. Plus, they have a risk-free way for new users to try out their services. One of our writers can start working on your custom paper with no money upfront, and show you a sample. You can then see the quality of writing that you can expect, and also see that it will not be plagiarized writing. When you pay for a paper at Prescott Services, you won’t know what happens when you plagiarize.

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