New policy @ UCSB to address academic dishonesty

The University of California Santa Barbara Academic Senate recently ruled "that faculty members had to report academic misconduct to the Office of Student Academic Affairs, as opposed to personally dealing with the situation." To assist them in this new policy "staff and faculty are being trained on a new online system that will make it easier to report academic dishonesty infractions."

York University: Academic Integrity Tutorial

York University has designed an academic integrity tutorial that helps students understand "plagiarism and related matters with case examples and positive strategies."

Cheating and MBA programs

In a recent survey, Donald McCabe has found that "more than half of graduate business students nationwide admitted to cheating on MBA exams." According to McCabe:

“I think students cheat because of the characteristics of the business schools themselves,” McCabe said. “It’s all about getting power, money and taking shortcuts.”

Fifty-six percent of graduate business students admitted to cheating, McCabe added, while only 47 percent of their non-business counterparts confessed to it.

HS students question legality of Turnitin

Students at McLean HS in Fairfax County, VA, question their school's use of Turnitin:

Members of the new Committee for Students' Rights said they do not cheat or condone cheating. But they object to Turnitin's automatically adding their essays to the massive database, calling it an infringement of intellectual property rights.

Decrease in cheating @ Duke

A recent survey attributes decrease in cheating to Duke University's honor code, which was introduced in 2003.

The latest figures, gathered last fall from more than 2,000 students and 300 faculty members, show a drop in plagiarism from 38 percent in 2000 to 26 percent last year, while unauthorized collaboration -- students working together when individual work was required -- dropped from 45 percent to 29 percent.

Resource for compiling works cited

Duke University libraries have prepared a guide for creating a works cited page. See also their guides for What to cite

KU drops turnitin

U of Kansas has decided not to renew its subscription to turnitin, citing costs:

The university has subscribed to the program for years. But in a recent e-mail, university officials said the subscription would not be renewed after it expired October third because of copyright concerns and the $22,000 cost.

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This "research project” contains a wealth of information on famous plagiarists.

Plagiarism Today (PT) is a site targeted at Webmasters and copyright holders regarding the issue of plagiarism online. Though it deals with many legal issues, in particular the DMCA and copyright law, it is not a legal blog and is, instead, a blog regarding a societal ill that’s effects may never be fully understood or comprehended.


"In recent years, psychology researchers . . . have begun to experiment with the phenomenon of unconscious plagiarism, which they call 'cryptomnesia.'" See Detroit News.