You submitted a paper to your professor and receive an email accusing you of plagiarism. Your professor refers to a similarity report that indicates you failed to cite your sources and plagiarized. What can you do? How do you defend an academic plagiarism charge? Read on for advice from an attorney for students.
Many colleges use websites like Turnitin.com to check for plagiarism. These websites scan the internet and its own database of previous work to check for similarities between your submission and others. The similarity report will highlight information in your paper and give the teacher links to similar strings of text it finds. If you professor finds too many of these similarities or uncited information, you may be accused of plagiarism.
The free online websites that scan your papers for plagiarism are not the best resource. The databases universities purchase are much more thorough and accurate.
The only time I have seen a similarity report be deemed incorrect is if a student submitted the same paper twice to the same professor. If a draft was submitted and then a finalized version, it could be flagged for similarities. If you submitted the same paper to another class, that would fall under self-plagiarism.
Yes. I routinely help students all over the country defend accusations of plagiarism. The faster an attorney is involved, the better a student’s chances at avoiding an F in the class, suspension, or even worse, expulsion.
An experienced attorney for student will help you create a defense that may win at an academic hearing. An attorney can also make sure the school follows their own policy and procedure which will give students the best chance at a successful outcome.
If you are found guilty of plagiarism, it will be noted on your transcripts and impact your future.
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