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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.

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).

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