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Re: Plagiarism and Update
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0910  Tuesday, 2 April 2002

From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Monday, 1 Apr 2002 10:32:44 -0500
Subject: 13.0899 Re: Plagiarism and Update
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0899 Re: Plagiarism and Update

> Don Bloom <
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> >When I have a case where I'm confident that the paper has been
> >plagiarized, but can't find the source (or don't want to spend the time
> >looking), I simply refuse to accept it. I give the student a set amount
> >of time in which to write a replacement, with the proviso that he or she
> >be prepared to show notes and drafts. I have never (yet) had a case of a
> >second effort at plagiarism with faked notes and a fake rough draft.
>
> Don, could you say a bit more about how this works better than an
> accusation of plagiarism? If you can't prove plagiarism, how do you
> persuade the putative offender to write that replacement paper? I can
> see how this might work with a student who already feels guilty or
> nervous; but in my experience a lot of students don't.

At Umass a professor would get slammed for doing what Don does if a
student challenged the professor.  No proof, no plagiarism here UMass
policy also follows David Lindley's view. Plagiarism has to be intended.
(In a way, ignorance of the law is an excuse here as well since students
have to know what plagiarism is.)

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