The internet makes it easier to cheat, but it’s also easier to be caught. Do you really want to end up like Laura Krishna (not her real name), preserved on the web forever in the act of being dishonest? (PS. It’s not very hard to find her real name either)
You know you can buy papers online from “essay mills” – many of these sites even buy papers from students for other students to purchase.
You may even know where to go to find “live answers” to graduate school admission tests like the GMAT, LSAT and MCAT.
It’s so tempting to copy and paste information from websites and online articles into your own essay.
Remember that your profs and TAs are experts at spotting plagiarized work! It’s easy for them to tell if a student is handing in something that they haven’t written themselves. Finding the origin of the plagiarized sentence is just a couple of searches away – believe it or not, profs and TAs can cut and paste too! It’s also easy to think that academic dishonesty only occurs when you cheat on a test, or copy a complete paper, but that isn’t the case.
Types of Plagiarism
- Direct – Word for word copying of someone else’s work.
- Self – Believe it or not, you can plagiarize yourself. Once you have submitted a piece of work for a class, you cannot use the same work again, unless the teacher gives you explicit permission.
- Mosaic – Copying a part of a sentence, or forgetting to reference a quotation. This also occurs if you copy a sentence from another piece of work and then replace only one or two words with synonyms.
Even if you don’t run into a comedy blogger like Laura did, cutting and pasting without attribution is going to get you into a world of trouble! Some examples of recent UBC cases of academic misconduct. And if you aren’t sure how to cite your sources, check out UBC library’s citation guide.
Know your resources:
- What is Academic Integrity and Academic Dishonesty | YouTube (2015)
- Academic Dishonesty | YouTube (2014)
- Guide To Academic Integrity | UBC Learning Commons
- The Academic Integrity Quiz | York University
- The Great University Cheating Scandal | Maclean’s Magazine (2007)
- The Globe and Mail- Why Many International Students Get a Failing Grade in Academic Integrity | The Globe and Mail (2012)
- Award-winning Study Sheds Light on Academic Dishonesty in Canada | University of Regina (2012)
- Cheating in Universities |Rabble.ca (2015)
- Academic Dishonesty | Maclean’s Magazine
The Digital Tattoo Project encourages critical discussion on topics surrounding digital citizenship and online identity. There are no correct answers and every person will view these topics from a different perspective. Be sure to complete the previous sections before answering the questions.
- How has the digital age impacted cheating?
- Do you think that penalties for academic dishonesty should be more severe, or more lenient than they currently are?