1. Academic plagiarism is an offence that takes place when a student utilizes pieces of work from another author and tries to pass it off as his or her own, without citing the material and original author. Unfortunately, in today's digital society, this is a practice that happens quite often. There should be repercussions for students who take part in this type of offence. Initially there should be an academic warning. This minimal repercussion should be allowed because a student may not have realized that he or she forgot to cite a piece of material within their assignment. Similarly, if the student is cognizant of the offence that he or she is committing, this academic warning should subsequently scare and deter the offender from committing the practice again in the future. The second plagiarism offence should be addressed with an official academic write up with an incomplete grade for the plagiarized assignment. Finally, the next and final offence should be followed up with an "Incomplete" grade and automatic withdrawal from the class. Plagiarism is an offensive that is the equivalent of stealing. There should be no excuse for stealing and it should not be a practice that is allowed. If there are repercussions for the cognizant stealing outside of the academic environment, then there should be repercussions in the academic setting as well. Students need to learn now that this practice is unacceptable. The only way to instill plagiarism as being unacceptable and immoral is to punish the offender.
2. Plagiarism can be split into two categorize; intentional and unintentional. The punishment for these two face of plagiarism should be just as different as they are. Intentional plagiarism is when someone purposely copies someone else’s work and claims it as their own. This type of plagiarism should have a harsher punishment. It is something that is done out of pure laziness and a lack of respect for whoever they stole the work from. Those who partake in this crime should not only be suspended, but also be monitored and have it put on their permanent record. The other side of plagiarism is a much lighter one. Unintentional plagiarism is exactly as it says unintentional. It’s something that most of us do. Whether it be forgetting quotation marks or not realizing that what we wrote had already been written, unintentional plagiarism can happen without us even knowing it. Those who plagiarize unintentionally should get the opportunity to fix their mistake and be regarded on their assignment. Plagiarism is something that should not be taken lightly and should be monitored closely.
3. Plagiarism is when someone takes someone's work and uses it as their own. This is stealing plain and simple. This should not occur at the University level, and that there should be severe consequences for each offense. Each consequence for plagiarism should be more drastic than the previous one. It is unacceptable to let this occur at a University because not only does it promote cheating, it makes the school less reputable. The school, if it does not handle each case of plagiarism, will make their accreditation less desirable. This in turn will make the amount of people who desire to go to said school less than previous enrollments. A student should be warned, then possibly reprimanded after a first offense. The third time offenders should be suspended for a semester. If it was unintentional though, it should not be as severe as intentional plagiarism. Their should be an investigation in place similar to any other crime committed offense. Also, there should maybe be two separate rules for unintentional and intentional. A consequence for unintentional plagiarism offenses, they could do a lengthy assignment and email it to the whole class on why plagiarism is wrong.