In a population the size of the Stark Campus, approximately how many students do you think commit acts of plagiarism?
When students are asked how prevailent they believe plagiarism is in their own population, they respond in interesting ways. Here are a couple of examples reported by Scanlon and Neumann of how students perceive the prevailance of plagiarism in their own peer group:
These contradictions imply that either:
students believe that plagiarism occurs more often than it actually does, or
students are not answering honestly (when polled) about their own behavior
*Scanlon, P.M., and D.R. Neumann. “Internet Plagiarism among college students.” Journal of College Student Development 43:3 (2002): 374-385.
In terms of severity in a college or university environment, how bad would you say plagiarism is?
Plagiarism is an act of academic dishonesty. It is a form of thief--stealing someone else's intellectual property (an idea or words expressing a unique concept, for example). However, no one has ever been charged or arrested for plagiarism. There are other related behaviors that go hand-in-hand with plagiarism. Copyright is a legal term and anyone who uses property that is owned by someone who has the copyright for that property, can be sued for copyright infringement. Still, although not a crime or even civil offense, students who intentionally plagiarize are subject to disciplinary action; they may not go to jail but they could be suspended or expelled from school.