Honesty is the policy of all types of work offered by scholars, academics, and professors at the College of DuPage and around the world. Cheating is one example of violating an institution’s academic code of ethics, and it may result in drastic consequences, including expulsion from school. As a result, this article defines plagiarism in the sense of the College of DuPage. The term would include its academic code of ethics, which serves as a guiding standard for study and academic advancement. Additionally, the paper also provides examples of plagiarism in the context of the College of DuPage along with the kind of punishment against such form of academic dishonesty. However, such form of punishment will be both for unintentionally and intentionally plagiarizing of student’s work, researcher’s work and professor’s work. Similarly, the paper also entails a detailed suggestion on how one can avoid plagiarism. Finally, the paper discusses personal opinion on how plagiarism could affect the work one does in the college courses.
According to the College of DuPage, plagiarism is an illegal appropriation and stealing of another author’s thoughts, language, ideas, expressions and demonstrating them as if it is an individual’s original work without citing it to show that, the content is a borrowing idea (Eaton et al. 234). This act is done through copy-pasting sometimes intentionally or unintentionally. At the College of DuPage, plagiarism is deemed as a high level of academic misconduct and dishonesty; breaching of academic code of conduct of the institution. It is subjected to sanctions such as suspension, penalties, as well as even expulsion depending on the level and the degree of plagiarism committed (LoCastro et al. 30).
Therefore are many forms of plagiarism in representing somebody’s words, information and ideas. The following are types and examples of plagiarism recognized at the College of DuPage.
Clone: according to the College of DuPage, clone is the act of submitting another person’s work in the form of the word by word as if it’s one’s original work. Another type is CTRL-C: this is a type of plagiarism where one submits an academic work that has significant sections of text taken from one single source while such work lacks alterations. Another example of plagiarism is Find- Replace. This is when one changes only the keywords and key phrases while maintaining the crucial content of the copied work (LoCastro et al. 27).
In addition, remix is another example of plagiarism and it contains paraphrases obtains from various sources that are combined together. While Recycle is form of plagiarism where one borrow words generously from one’s work minus citation (Ferrero et al. 245). Hybrid is a type of academic dishonesty where the word presented is a combination of cited sources directly copied but lacking citation. A mashup is a form of academic dishonesty that contains a multiple of copied materials from a number of sources. While 404 Errors is the type of plagiarism which includes various citations obtained from inaccurate sources. An aggregator is a plagiarism which comprises of proper citations while such paper lacks original work and finally, Re-tweet is the type of plagiarism which contains proper citation; however, it relies on the original wording of the copied work structure.
However, at College of DuPage, plagiarism is one of the topmost academic offenses that have a wider range of punishment depending on the scope and the level of academic being involved. For instance, when a student is found have copied the work of another student; then one will be punished by getting zero, low grade or sometimes can be suspended for a particular period of time. While for those carrying out research work and professors, plagiarism can lead to recall what has been credited to them in the past and the college administration shall advice more on the same (LoCastro et al. 38).
However, there are various factors that influence students to practice plagiarism; and one of the factors is the kind of punishment that one gets when involved in the menace. A soft punishment such as lowering grade influences more students to continue with the practice since they have coped up with all negative consequences which are the outcome of academic procrastination like getting poor grades. For students, poor grades are part and parcel of learning; and they have taken the issue normal hence plagiarism practice still persists.
Therefore, there are a number of ways that one can apply to avoid plagiarism. The first technique is to plan for the paper; and planning involves consulting instructor on the best way to handle the task. Ask all queries and all concepts that seem to be problematic to handle; the instructor will always assist by simplifying all difficult sections of the task. This will enable one to built confidence to do personal work without directly borrowing from others. Additionally, before to start writing the paper, one must plan it carefully by taking effective notes that will be act as an outline that guides when writing a final work (Kam, Hue & Cheung 67).
Another prudent way to avoid plagiarism is by citing all sources used in the borrowed work. One must make all information to be clear about who said on the certain idea in the paper. By doing so, the instructor will see citation and acknowledge such kind of sources if are authentic. Hence one will avoid both Recycle and types of plagiarism since are forms of plagiarism where one borrow words generously from one’s work minus citation. Similarly, one should learn on how to paraphrase. In academic work, paraphrasing is allowed only if one does it in a professional way. One must change the background and the sentence structure of somebody’s work but maintain the original meaning of the text. One should simply terminologies and give synonyms that will maintain the original meaning of the content. Finally, to avoid plagiarism, one should analyze as well as evaluate all sources to be used. This enables one to avoid a plagiarism type of 404 Error; since 404 Error is the type of plagiarism which includes various citations obtained from inaccurate sources (Fusch et al. 4).
In conclusion, plagiarism is bad practice in academic work since it has a significant effect on the work one does in the college courses. One will get low grades that will eventually result in a total failure at the end of academic year. Students should practice honesty and respect other people’s work when borrowing ideas. However, when one has a tendency of copying work from others, then at the end of such a course, one will not have gained anything to assist him/her when moving to the next level of leaning. Therefore, it is my advice; avoid plagiarism!
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Fusch, Patricia I., et al. “The Ethical Implications of Plagiarism and Ghostwriting in an Open Society.” Journal of Social Change 9.1 (2017): 4.
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