How to Recognize Plagiarism
Cases of Plagiarism and their Consequences
Yes, there are real consequences for getting caught committing plagiarism. For more specific examples, click on links below.
- Plagiarism in the News: on the PBS NewsHour, about Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin's plagiarism (transcript of the debate on Jan. 28, 2002)
- Plagiarism in Colleges in the USA (PDF): Ronald B. Standler discusses plagiarism, copyright and trademark infringement laws, academic ethics, and numerous legal cases (last revised: April 16, 2012).
For professionals who are caught committing plagiarism, loss of their reputation, and even loss of their job or potential income, is a serious matter (e.g., see this story in Poynter, Sept. 7, 2012).
For students in college, getting caught for committing plagiarism can result in a failing grade for a paper or project, or even an entire course. Comission of plagiarism can lead to an academic disciplinary hearing. See Indiana University Bloomington's Student Disciplinary Procedures for Academic Misconduct (2008).
In extreme cases, universities have revoked degrees when significant plagiarism is later detected (e.g., in a thesis or dissertation). Really? See this U.S. News & World Report story (May 2, 2012).