By: Shanlon Wu
What do you do if your son or daughter has been accused of an academic code violation at their college or university? Not so long ago, academic honor code violations consisted primarily of college students being accused of using “paper banks” to buy other people’s papers to use as their own or—in a throwback to elementary school days—copying answers from a neighboring classmate during an exam. That was then. This is now.
How Students Get Accused of Plagiarism by Plagiarism Detection Software
Today’s college student is most likely to be accused of plagiarism because their professor uses some kind of “plagiarism software” like Turnitin to “catch” cheaters by detecting matches in the student’s paper with other internet published work. Parents may be shocked that a professor has found any percentage of match in their student’s paper by running it through plagiarism checking software.