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What happens when you’re accused of plagiarism?

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2022 | General Education Law |

Particularly in the world of academia, plagiarism is seen as detrimental to the furthering of truth and scholarly learning. In the already challenging world of higher education in Florida, it’s more advisable than ever to know what to do if these accusations ever come your way as it can easily place you in a highly precarious situation both academically and legally.

How to deny plagiarism

Fortunately, there are viable ways of denying the claims. Sometimes, particularly with high scholarly topics, it’s difficult to find a different way to phrase the subjects being dealt with. There isn’t a wide variety of words to describe the same thing when you have to use technical jargon just to fully and accurately depict your topic.

What counts as plagiarism?

Many students – and even some of those higher up in the scholarly realm – don’t realize that something can still be considered plagiarism even if you didn’t rip off the original work word-for-word. Copy-pasting entire passages and only using a footnote to attributing credit to the original author doesn’t usually cut it.

Since there are so many different types of plagiarism in the realm of education law and because of how severe the sanctions may potentially be, it may sound like learning about it should be a highly crucial part of your college career. This includes both how to avoid it in the first place and how to defend yourself against accusations of it if they ever do happen.

The sanctions for plagiarism may be severe, even for students who claim that they didn’t know that what they did was immoral or not allowed. It’s important to remember that although copying from someone else’s work in any form has been shown to only harm the furthering of knowledge and science, plagiarism accusations are often politicized.