Plagiarism can seriously damage someone’s reputation. Just this month, an editor at the NY Daily News fired one of its editors for removing attributions in articles. The editor didn’t commit plagiarism himself, rather, through his editing he made it appear another writer did. It’s a mess, I know. Here’s the story: Editor at Daily News Fired.
So, what’s this got to do with our students? The article highlights how damaging an accusation of plagiarism is to someone’s credibility. This month, many of my students are getting into universities. However, a few, are having difficulty. One in particular received a few rejections. When asked, the student’s plagiarism case from their junior year was highlighted by an admission official as causing serious concern. Universities take plagiarism very seriously, just look at any university plagiarism policy. Our students need to understand the gravity of plagiarism and how it can affect how people (especially admissions counselors or future bosses) view them. The CNN story is only one case, there are plenty of others. Today, help your students understand the risk of committing plagiarism and how it might prevent them from their future goals.