The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1874  Tuesday, 10 September 2002

From:           Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 9 Sep 2002 13:35:54 -0700
Subject:        Tying up a Loose End: Plagiarism Revisited

This is offtopic but by our Moderator's leave I would like to tie up a
loose end, the plagiarism thread of a few months ago.  It seemed as if
conversation between a teacher and student over possible plagiarism
would escalate in one step to being did-not, did-so.  In another list
(Digital-Copyright, at UMUC) I found the University of North
Carolina-Charlotte's policy, which outlines an intermediate step that is
also a practical solution:

Here is the policy for the use of Turnitin.com at the University of
North Carolina-Charlotte

If you plan to use Turnitin.com [or another plagiarism detection
program] in your class:  As a condition of taking this course, all
required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity
review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism.  All submitted
papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com
reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of
such papers.  No student papers will be submitted to Turnitin.com
without a student's written consent...and permission.  If a student does
not provide such written consent and permission, the instructor may: (i)
require a short reflection paper on research methodology; (ii) require a
draft bibliography prior to submission of the final paper; or (iii)
require the cover page and first cited page of each reference source to
be photocopied and submitted with the final paper.

I like this approach because it can save face, head off noisy judicial
proceedings, and add educational value, and it allows the teacher to
stay in control of things.

Al Magary

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