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Plagiarism and Cheating, Again
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2012  Saturday, 18 August 2001

From:           Nancy Charlton <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Aug 2001 19:38:14 -0700
Subject:        Plagiarism and Cheating, Again

Since there was recent discussion here about term paper mills and other
student evasions of doing real work, I thought I'd send along this news
item from a shareware newsletter called Rocket Download:

>Professor's Program Busts Plagiarists (Aug.  9)
>Remember the anxiety back in college when you were waiting to find out the
>grade on your term project?  Well, imagine the stress level of about one
>hundred University of Virginia students who are waiting to hear if they
>have been expelled for plagiarism.  Louis Bloomfield, a physics professor
>at the University, wrote a program that scanned his database of 1,800 old
>and current papers (his students have been required to submit their papers
>electronically for the last five semesters). Documents that matched more
>than 500 words were turned over to the student Honor Committee.  As a
>result, 10 cases will proceed to trial and 90 await further
>investigation.  So far one student has been expelled, and others who have
>already graduated could have their degrees revoked.

Nancy Charlton

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