Plagiarism report labelled a whitewash

Matthew Thompson, who has been covering the Newcastle Uni plagiarism scandal, reports: "An independent expert who was paid $2000 a day to look into allegations of academic misbehaviour produced a report that was a 'whitewash' and a 'cover-up', the Independent Commission Against Corruption heard yesterday.

Combining prevention and detection

Indiana University Pennsylvania provides students with Writenote and Endnote to help avoid plagiarism. And offer the Turnitin service to faculty to help detect plagiarism.

Swedish universities suspend students for plagiarism

Swedish universities are suspending "an increasing number of students" on account of plagiarism. Tina Israelsson at the national body of universities and colleges suggests that the increase in suspensions does not necessarily mean that cheating is on the rise, but rather that "universities are just getting better at spotting plagiarism.

Plagiarism scandal @ Gujarat University

A lecturer in GU's Economic department is alleged to have committed plagiarism. He's accused of having published under his own name the work of another scholar.

UC Davis publishes cheating statistics

The California Aggie, UC Davis's campus newpaper, has published the number of reported cases of academic honesty for the AY 2003-04. Of the 543 reported cases, "there were 210 reports of cheating on exams, 197 reports of plagiarism and 103 reports of unauthorized collaboration on assignments. Of the cases resolved, two students were dismissed from the university; 15 suspended; 375 placed on a disciplinary status, but allowed to remain in school; and 91 found not in violation."

Minnesota involves students in academic honesty effort

U of Minnesota attempts to "educate students about academic integrity" through a pilot program, Student Advocates for Academic Integrity, that enlists students to "present information to classes and student groups on the dangers of academic dishonesty."

"Anti-Plagiarism Guide for Writing Teachers"

Joel Wingard, Professor of English, at Moravian College, has made available, "Anti-Plagiarism Guide for Writing Teachers" (PDF format): "a seven-part guide" that "encourages fellow writing instructors at the downtown Bethlehem school to employ teaching practices that prevent plagiarism."

Student Guide to Honest Academic Work

Charles Lipson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, has authored a guide to help students avoid plagiarism. The guide, Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success, will be published by the U of Chicago Press in October.

Plagiarism as a sign of the times

An article in the considers plagiarism as an aspect of the erosion of ethics.

Newcastle plagiarism scandal - VC claims not his job

The Vice Chancellor at the University of Newcastle told the ICAC anti-corruption tribunal that his level of responsibility for involvement in investigating senior staff overturning a lecturer's "zero" marks for 15 alledged plagiarists, does not extend to managing the outcome of the investigation. That is, whether the mark is actually overturned. Contrarily, he feels he only manages the unit itself and its staff. Presumely, not the actual governance of educational matters.
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