Academic Integrity

Why Do Students Plagiarize?

There is always a context for a student's academic dishonesty. It is important to consider that context, even if in the end it does not diminish the penalty. There are a number of reasons why students plagiarize.

  • Ignorance - "I didn't know that was plagiarism"
  • Insecurity - "Their words are better"
  • Time management - "Too much work"
  • Difficulties with language - "English is hard"
  • Norms among students - "Everyone else is doing it"
  • Competition - "I need a 70%"
  • Institutional laxity - "Lots of people are getting away with it"
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