I just wrapped up my freshman year. I go to one of the top 15 universities too. And I took this first year seminar where it consisted of writing research papers. So about a week after turning in my final research paper, I got an email saying I was turned in for academic dishonesty for plagiarism by my professor. He uses the Turnitin software that detects plagiarism and it reported that I got a 38% (which is ridiculously high). Grades were already turned in for the year too.
I looked over it and a lot of it consisted of minor things like "the average college student" while others were a bit worse. I admit that I originally used a lot of copy and paste material in the first drafts but later revised them. And I tried online plagiarism checkers and they all said I was ok.
I'm not allowed to talk to my professor and if I fail a freshman seminar class, I'm not quite sure what'll happen. I didn't even plagiarize that much but should I just go ahead and confess and get a notice on my transcript? (I'm hoping to go to law school and I'm afraid this will mess up my chances). Or should I just try to justify myself? I really can't have this mistake mess up my future.
I've been accused before in the same class but it was a minor misunderstanding of turning in the wrong paper and I was let go without any consequences. But I fear this time I may not be let off the hook so easily. I really don't want a mistake I made in my freshman year in a class that I really didn't enjoy to screw up 6 more years of school and my internship/work future.
I know I'm a good student and I really regret slacking off and not doing my best on this last paper. But I just don't know what to do if I get this. I can never face my parents again.
I'm having a phone call meeting with him tomorrow