Having a Conversation about Plagiarism

Having a Conversation about Plagiarism

You know how to respond to plagiarism in theory.
But what about in practice?


You catch a student plagiarizing. Then what?

The old-school answer is, “You fail them, you report them, and you let the chips fall where they may.”

The new-school answer is, “Not so fast.”

While blatant acts of plagiarism—buying a term paper online, for instance—require a decisive, firm response, many times the issue is not so black and white. We need to consider the gray.

What about intent? Did a student mean to plagiarize, or was the issue more likely accidental? What about degree? Was it heavy, unattributed copying, or more an act of careless citation or inadequate paraphrasing?

And how are we to treat the fact that today’s students are often woefully unprepared and untrained in research techniques? Should we take into account that cultural differences might contribute to the problem or that the Internet has come to represent the alpha and omega of research for a new generation?

All these questions call for a careful reconsideration of the issue of plagiarism, and that is exactly what Having a Conversation about Plagiarism presents.


Created by Jean Mandernach, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Innovation and Teaching at Grand Canyon University, this interactive program helps you consider the various scenarios that may present themselves in your conversations with students and allows you to test out your responses through its innovative decision-tree format.


You’ll examine many issues, including:

  • Traditional and contemporary responses to plagiarism
  • The ways students commonly react to assertions of plagiarism
  • The mitigating factors to weigh when deciding on a course of action
  • Situations when it might be appropriate to deviate from your stated policy
  • Learning-focused remedial measures you can offer students
  • The issues surrounding re-grading

Through the program, you’ll gain important insights about options for addressing plagiarism that are consistent with your principles and focused on creating a meaningful learning experience.


Plagiarism is never okay, but perhaps it’s time to reconsider how we respond to it. Take a fresh look at this important academic issue; order Having a Conversation about Plagiarism today.

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