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Accused of Plagiarism?

A-sanA-san - Posts: 906 Member
edited July 2005 in High School Life
Have you ever been accused of plagiarism before? I think many good writers out there must have had a teacher or official come at you and seriously ask you if you wrote what you wrote. I myself have been penalized for it without being able to adequately defend myself about it.

Have you ever been accused and how did you defend yourself and finally prove to your teacher/official/mentor that you actually did the work and you did not commit the serious offense of plagiarism?
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Replies to: Accused of Plagiarism?

  • imiracle911imiracle911 Registered User Posts: 3,309 Senior Member
    well but the problem is when you're doing research. If you're not careful and do not cite the information regarding it as a general information, and it happens to be something needed to be quoted that is plagiarism.
    oh yeah no I haven't been accused of plagiarism.
  • TweetjazzTweetjazz Registered User Posts: 177 Junior Member
    Hey, yes I have been accused of plagiarism..last year in 8th grade, so it wasn't THAT serious, but I was going to get a zero/F on the assignment. I was really upset because I knew that I didn't plagiarize, and my teacher's defense was basically that my project was 'too good'. I don't even understand why my teacher thought I had plagiarized because she knew I was a good writer--I mean, I was an A student in her class. Anyway, I had gotten really upset and promised her I didn't plagiarize, and she told me to bring in the information I used to check for herself. (Luckily, it was a project where we didn't use that many sources)..Oh, and I suppose I could have lied and brought in stuff I didn't use, but I guess my teacher didn't think of that..or she trusted me. My teacher ended up changing my grade in the end. =) Well, I hope I helped! Good luck; I definately know how it feels to be accused of plagiarism just because you're a good writer. Turns out, my mom, who gave me my great writing gene, was accused of plagiarism as well when she was in college!
  • Majayiduke09Majayiduke09 Registered User Posts: 929 Member
    Teachers often form the most stupid arguments. The "I have no definite proof, but its too good" excuse is baseless especially when the student has an exemplary academic record.
  • theblumuffintheblumuffin Registered User Posts: 771 Member
    There was a person at my school that my teachers eventually found. She literally never composed an original paper of her own. It was always just stolen.

    As for myself, I have never plagiarised, and have never been accused
  • elizabeth22elizabeth22 Registered User Posts: 1,353 Senior Member
    I've been accused and been apologized to.

    My freshman year, my English teacher informed me that my "phrasing was too sophisticated to have been written by a highschooler, not to mention a freshman". Go figure.

    I went up right after class and made it clear that the accusations were unfounded and inappropriate. She apologized the next day.
  • UserNizzleUserNizzle Registered User Posts: 184 Junior Member
    i write a lot of creative writing and my friends always ask me if i really wrote it myself.

    it's really annoying
  • silverpebblesilverpebble Bounce Email Group Posts: 309 Junior Member
    this won't help, but in 4th grade they called my parents in and said a paper i wrote was too good and i couldn't have done it myself. I had straight As and was a great writer. I don't really remember it, but I know they apologized. I just remember that my parents were on my side and thought it ridiculous that they were accusing little 4th grade me of being daft enough to do that. Oh, I just asked my mom and it was a poem. Go me! alright, I'm done, sorry for rambling.
  • UserNizzleUserNizzle Registered User Posts: 184 Junior Member
    it's so stupid

    you should be rewarded for doing extra well, not punished
  • A-sanA-san - Posts: 906 Member
    yeah, well the same teacher about a month ago accused me of plagurizing. Her main case was the following:

    "It sounded funny. I never hear you speaking like this in my classroom."


    now I am being accused again one month later... this time I wont let it slide though.
  • jagman0730jagman0730 Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    i was accused and my teacher who accused me was a defense lawyer and also my 8th grade teacher whom has never liked me because of my father
  • jagman0730jagman0730 Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    oh yea.... i didn't win
  • cherrybarrycherrybarry Registered User Posts: 918 Member
    I've never been accused but teachers often get suspicious about my voluminous vocabulary lol and I have to explain that I use the thesaurus regularly when I write.

    Next time, I should say, "Oh, I always use the thesaurus when I write. I suppose you do to?"
  • thesbohemianthesbohemian Registered User Posts: 438 Member
    My AP U.S. History teacher accused me of plagiarism when I transferred schools in 11th grade. It was the same thing as some of you guys. My writing style and the content of my first paper was supposedly “too sophisticated” for me to have written it. Fortunately, while I was a drama major, I had also applied and been accepted to the school in creative writing and the Dean of Students still had my portfolio and application essays on file so I showed him those. I also got my 10th grade AP English teacher from my old high school to fax over a couple of my old papers. I had to keep journals for my drama classes and I showed him those, too. Obviously, I was very angry and his apologies were profuse.
  • kitkattailkitkattail Registered User Posts: 576 Member
    I've never been accused, thank goodness. I think such an unfounded accusation is horrible. Plagiarism is a serious offence, and one shouldn't accuse people of it lightly.
  • culpaculpa Registered User Posts: 39 New Member
    Yes, been accused, argued my head off and eventually went off with a clear record (and conscience, of course). Happened about 2 years ago, a thesis paper for science and apparently ' jicked it from some book'. I was outraged since this isn't just the work, it's my reputation. So what did I do? I rounded up my past English teachers and it was quite the scene (my school's pretty small) when the English department went head-on with the Science department, defending me. Teehee.
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