How Can I Explain To A Student Why Plagiarism Is Dishonest?


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Florent Lefortier Profile
This should be pretty simple, really. Plagiarism is wrong for several reasons!

Plagiarism Is Lying
Passing somebody else’s work off as your own is deceitful and dishonest - the student is deliberately deceiving the teacher by pretending that the essay or project is their own.

Plagiarism Is Cheating
It should be obvious to the student that cheating is dishonest, and plagiarism is definitely cheating.

It’s also unfair to whoever wrote the piece in the first place - a lot of time and effort goes into an essay, and it’s wrong for somebody to just take someone else's work and pass it off as their own.

Plagiarism Is Unfair To Other Students
It’s not fair for every other student to work hard, only to receive the same or lower grades than somebody who put no effort in at all.

The more people cheat, the harder it is for those who are genuinely trying to earn good grades, as the averages go up.

Plagiarism Can Make The Student’s Life More Difficult In The Long Run
A student might think that he’s boosting his grades by plagiarizing an essay, but it doesn’t work out that way in the long run.

If a pupil copies somebody else’s work, they don’t learn anything. Consequently, when they’re put under exam conditions, they won’t have had the practice that honest students have had and will be much more likely to fail!
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Anonymous answered
I would tell the student that lying is not the right thing to do.

You need to express your views and not repeat the views of others without their permission.

Plagiarism is dishonest because you copied someone else and that person may have invested a lot of time and money into their research.

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