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Will I get caught for plagiarism?

Tyler100Tyler100 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
I pretty much copied the whole essay for psychology and we are not turning them in digitally. He wants us to print them off. Is there any chance I'll get caught? I know its wrong but things happen...

Replies to: Will I get caught for plagiarism?

  • comfortablycurtcomfortablycurt Registered User Posts: 2,182 Senior Member
    There's a good chance of it, and I hope you do get caught if you try to get away with it. Students work their butts off to do well in their classes, and you think it's okay for you to just copy the whole essay? Do your own work.

    You know it's wrong, but "things happen." True. Things do happen. But there's not a legitimate excuse to plagiarize an essay. You realize that it's not just against the rules, but illegal...right? Odds are that no legal action would be taken, but it's quite possible.

    The ethical ramifications aside...why pay for a college education if you aren't going to take the time to learn anything or do the work that you are PAYING to receive?
  • Tyler100Tyler100 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Yea your right, I guess the paper will just have to be late.
  • harvestmoonharvestmoon Registered User Posts: 954 Member
    It really isn't worth it. I work in a writing center, and students try to plagiarize all the time. It's so blatantly obvious because they'll have some parts written by them and some parts written by the other people, causing a HUGE shift in voice and tone. And vocabulary.

    The whole point of writing papers in college (and especially academic research pieces) is to show how you can read and synthesize information and then blend that together with your own words and your own new ideas.

    I'm in the boat where I see plagiarism as more of a reading problem. You either didn't read anything and so need someone else's words or you didn't try to understand it and so just used someone else's words. If you carefully work through each piece and really try to understand it, you'll be able to paraphrase it effectively and use it to back up what you're trying to say.

    It's better to have an honest, late paper than an on-time, plagiarized one. If you really did copy most of it, then your prof will probably find out, especially if it's a popular work in the field or something.
  • noname87noname87 Registered User Posts: 1,198 Senior Member
    How long do you think it would take for a professor to type into a google search the one phase that sounds plagiarized? That is how quick you can be caught.
  • stradmomstradmom Registered User Posts: 4,894 Senior Member
    You will be caught.
  • guineagirl96guineagirl96 Forum Champion Math/Computer Science, Forum Champion Richmond Posts: 3,855 Forum Champion
    I give you a .01% chance of not getting caught. Professors pick up on this very easily.
  • bvo112bvo112 Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
    lateness is more acceptable than getting kicked out.
  • testadvicetestadvice Registered User Posts: 186 Junior Member
    As someone who also teaches classes, I can tell you that catching plagiarism is the EASIEST part of my job. It is far better to fail the course honestly and retake it then to, well @bvo112 already said it.
  • moonlightpathmoonlightpath Registered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    If you don't want to get caught then you should try to get the paper you turned in back before your professor looks at it. And in the future don't plagiarize. It's a huge risk.

    My sister and her husband are professors. From them I've heard about so many of their students getting caught. They ALWAYS end up failing the course and/or getting a report written which stays on their record. Which could prevent you from getting into other schools. I even think you could get suspend from school in some cases. You're really risking your education.
  • DmitriRDmitriR Registered User Posts: 838 Member
    In the interest of not piling on, I will point out that it was smart of you not to go through with plagiarism. It's really not worth it and everyone respects someone who turns something in honestly, even it is one day late. I am not a professor, but as a professional I would rather have someone who admits to me in honesty that they made a mistake than someone who tries to cheat me or cheat themselves.
  • moonlightpathmoonlightpath Registered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    I just realized you haven't turned in the essay yet. Good!!!
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