You worked hard on a paper, you have citations for all of your quotes and paraphrased passages, you submit it to Turnitin and it comes back with a high percentage match. You now are face to face with your teacher or professor who is accusing you of plagiarism, but you didn’t plagiarize. What can you do?
What is Turnitin and how does it in work?
Turnitin is an online plagiarism detection service that many schools (K-12), school districts, colleges, and universities use to check whether the student’s submission is original and all sources are cited. There are many configurations that teachers can use when setting up the submission folder, such as whether to include quotes and the works cited information. The options a teacher uses could contribute to a higher percent match to other sources. The higher the percent match, the greater the appearance of plagiarism.
Does Turnitin always work?
There are several ways at the moment that Turnitin can be beat. However, Turnitin advertise that it is constantly updating algorithms to include these work arounds. This makes Turnitin one of the most used plagiarism detection tools by schools. Even if you manage to beat Turnitin, teachers and professors are becoming aware of its shortcomings, and double checking work with low or no matches at all. That being said, schools place a great deal of weight on Turnitin match results.
How can I prove I didn’t plagiarize?
I met with my professor and they still don’t believe me – now I am facing an academic hearing. What can I do now?
An education lawyer can help you protect your educational future. If you are found guilty of plagiarism, you will have to disclose this to any other schools, colleges, and even professional licensing boards you apply to in the future. A notation on your school record can absolutely impact your future. Make your plagiarism defense the strongest it can be.
Richard Asselta is an award-winning education lawyer with offices in both Florida and New Jersey and offers services to students throughout the Unites States. He is experienced in defending all types of student disciplinary issues including accusations of plagiarism. Call The Education Lawyers today for a free consultation and protect your educational future. (855) 338-5299
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