Nowadays, universities take very seriously plagiarism – without using anybody else's words or ideas, without giving the creditor the right credit – and fighting it. In the most favorable case, teachers may choose to receive a "zero" sign on a paper or course; in the worst case, universities can frustrate the whole degree or exclude the student. This article was specifically intended for students who were accused of plagiarism but who did not think they were guilty. The article gives some of these counselors advice on how to protect their views. However, it should be noted that this article is only for information purposes as we do not provide legal advice. If you need legal help, contact your lawyer who would be in a better position to help you.
There is no doubt that plagiarism is a bad practice that not only endangers your academic standing but is hindered by scientific discovery. In some cases, plagiarism may even lead to court proceedings if the authors decide that they are abusing their work. However, in the academic context, plagiarism is generally considered not as a violation but as a completely unethical behavior. That is why we have prepared a series of recommendations to keep in mind if you are facing the plagiarism allegations.
First and foremost, you do not have to win the deliberate Plagium, as it would be suicidal. If you admit, your university or college would be able to do as much as you want or even frustrate your diploma. Generally, the plagiarization process can have two consequences. In half the cases, your university will find out, and later you can prove that you have committed plagiarism. In more than 50% of the cases, universities are tempted to plagiarize but could not prove unless you voluntarily recognize their plagiarism.
Universities usually suspect plagiarism based on the following: (a) The language and style used in suspicious papers differs from what they usually use. This is especially true for foreign students whose English is not the first language. In general, teachers can easily notice the differences as the text seems to be too perfect and "polished" and is rich in academic jargon and specialized translation. If that is the case, the strategy of defense means that you have given a native speaker to your work before sending it in order to be more professional and reader friendly. This is absolutely legal, especially considering the fact that many universities punish English-language mistakes. Some even try to tell when they get caught by the reporter who corrected the page, changed the job, and contained some ideas without referring to them. However, this is a huge strategy, so be careful with using it.
b) Using models or resources that your teacher has not taught or is not available in the library. In this case, the strategy of defense means that you have read more or research and / or have a friend at another university who kindly gave the otherwise inaccessible materials, books, or articles. Nevertheless, one must always bear in mind that, if necessary, the teacher or the scientific committee will certainly ask questions about the use of resources. Therefore, you need to make sure that you answer these questions carefully to make the meetings. At least you need to know all the titles and authors used and what the various authors have said.
However, if the university can demonstrate that it has plagiarized, then it may have several defense strategies:
1) During the workflow, you made several drafts and it turned out that by mistake an erroneous version of the report was submitted. You can claim that while coarse drawings were not properly cited because they were written to help with paper design and general guidance, the final version was indeed fully cited and prepared strictly in accordance with scientific requirements. You are a man at the end of the day and you have the right to be wrong.
2) Your computer crashed, and as a result all the information that stored all the drafts in the file and extracted it from a variety of resources into plain text that prevented you from distinguishing between bits that were copied from your own and other sources. Because of this, you were extremely confusing and, because of the urgency of the situation, could have misused the information in the damaged file.
3) You just forgot to make "quotes". This may happen if you paraphrase other author ideas, but forgot to provide the references. In this respect, it should always be remembered that not only the direct citation, but the reference without lending also means plagiarism. Likewise, you could say that a few years ago, outside the academic curriculum, you wrote the text for your own purposes and later decided to use the material for the assignment, I sincerely believe that these were your own words as it was prescribed for your own needs the text created does not contain any references.
4) If you are only one or two sentences, you can claim that after reading a lot of information on the subject, you started to incorporate some ideas into internalization to the extent that you became self-employed. For this reason, when writing a paper, ideas were used that honestly believed that they expressed their own thoughts on the subject. You're just human again and everyone has the right to make mistakes. Alternatively, you can say that you have a photographic memory and that some ideas just "stuck" to you because you accidentally used them yourself. Be careful, however, that the committee may try to test your unique abilities.
5) The university may not have informed students of plagiarism and its avoidance. Even if an oral statement can be given, these are not necessarily enough, as students can forget a huge amount of information. As a general rule, universities generally distribute the plagiarism guidelines in written form. But due to lack of organizational efficiency, this can not happen. In this case, he may demand ignorance of innocence, meaning that the concept and forms of plagiarism and its possible consequences have not been adequately informed. Nevertheless, you must make sure that the materials have actually been distributed before this strategy is applied.
6) If you are arguing that you are submitting a paper from an essay bank to the students, the best defense would be to acknowledge the fact but we claim that you have written the paper and then sold it or donated it essay bank. In other words, you do not use the ideas of others, just yours, because the paper in the essay bank is your creation. In most cases, it would be a problem for universities to argue because they need to know that the exact date of the course was sold to the study bank, which requires cooperation and good intentions for companies. The latter are generally rather cautious in this case.
Sometimes you may not even notice that you've been plagued before you get feedback from your instructor. In this case, it would be wise to approach the instructor immediately and to inform him that he had submitted an incorrect copy of the paper. Try to contact him by email to have some financial evidence in case you need him to support your position. Finally, always remember to do anything, keep it cool, calm and gather in a meeting with a tutor or a reward. Be sure, firm but always polite, because arrogant behavior only causes bad things.