So you spent an entire night copying your homework and your classmate wants to get over with it by simply copying yours in five minutes? Are they planning to go behind your back and steal your assignments? Are you exasperated with their attempts and need those to stop? Well, just simply state your views. There will be someone or the other who would never do their homework and would ask someone else’s so that they could copy it down and not get punished for it. Not only is it wrong, but it is also seen that sometimes, these cheaters get the best marks, even though they copied it from you.
That is something nobody can bear. Imagine staying up late at night, searching for online educational websites for online assignment help to make you understand the topic and help you out with the homework, only to have someone copy it in class in just under five minutes and get better grades! It’s preposterous and you need to put a stop to this habit. How you ask? Well, listed below are some ways to do so.
State your reasons
The best way to stop this is to explain why you wouldn’t allow your classmates to copy your homework. Children are more mature than adults give them credit for, and actually listen to the reasons you provide. You can tell them why you are reluctant to help them by stating the right reasons as below:
- It’s unethical: Copying form someone is unethical and wrong as the person doing the homework devotes so much time and hard work which the one copying does not and this not only demotivates the other student, but also makes fun of the entire process of studying.
- You learn nothing: Because the students copy the homework, the chances of acquiring any knowledge on that particular topic are zero. They learn nothing and do miserable at the tests which affect their future and their learning abilities as well.
- It will become a habit: It has been often observed that a student who gets a free pass to copying someone’s homework will do it again, until it becomes a habit. They are going to state all kinds of ludicrous tales so that you allow them to copy your homework until the very day, when they will be brave enough to outright demand your homework. So put a stop to it before it becomes a habit.
- It becomes difficult for the class:If you get caught by the teacher or someone else does for copying from one another then it proves to be a serious trouble. The teacher might shake things up and make the lesson plans more difficult which might be troublesome for the others students as it will be difficult to keep up with them.
Sometimes, you simply have to refuse the demands of your classmates no matter how much they plea. This is the only option that you have which you can use to restrict other classmates from insistently pestering you and hankering about copying your homework. Be stern and just refuse to submit your homework to them.
What if it’s a friend?
However, when your friend or your best friend asks, the problem becomes a bit complex. You don’t want to lose your friend over a homework but also you don’t want to be caught cheating. So what do you do? You tell them not to copy blatantly whatever you have written for your homework. Also, give them a stern warning saying that this is just a one-time thing so that it doesn’t become a habit.
Emphasize on the repercussions
One thing students are well aware of is punishments. These maybe in any form: a detention, being grounded by parents, getting low marks or simply being assigned extra tasks. Highlight the repercussions which your classmates might have to endure if your teacher finds out about the copying incident. Just ask, ‘what if we get caught?’ and simply pause and allow the magic to happen.
Another way to get out of this fiasco is simply going to the teacher and complaining. Sure, it won’t make you really popular among your classmates, but they will never ask you again for your homework out of fear and you can keep your homework safe and sound. However, use your discretion and do not rat them out in the class. Tell your teacher in confidence when you are outside the class.
One way to get out of this situation is to bluff. Tell them you haven’t done your homework as well and instead first, ask for their homework, before they get a chance to ask you. Produce you only when the teacher asks for it. Also, you can bluff about complaining to the teacher if they harass you further in the class, for your homework.
Be the teacher’s pet for a day
Another way to avoid the situation is to be the teacher’s pet. Nobody will try to mess around with the teacher’s pet as they know they will go and complain. However, if you are not one of them, then you can always sit closer to the teacher for a day and avoid getting asked any questions about your homework.
Provide the wrong answer
Another way to restrict your classmates form copying your homework is to provide them with the wrong answer. Once you do that, and they learn that your homework is not correct either, they will never ask you again for it. However, do prepare your wrong answers before to avoid being caught.
Keep searching for your homework
Tell them you can’t find your homework and keep looking and searching for it in your bag. This has been an effective method, quite a few times, to avoid classmates. Or better yet, tell your parents to bring them in only when the bell rings. However, be sure to convince your parents about it beforehand so that they don’t rat you out.
Tell them that you would be charging them money for copying their homework. Most students would shy away as they so not want to spend their allowance money on this!
So, go ahead and use these methods to save your friendship with your best friend as well as to prevent people from copying your homework. Have a great day at school!
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Plagiarism and Cheating
Student Dialog - What is Cheating?
Lori : Hey guys, haven't seen you since the semester started.
Brian, Sage, Deena, Jose : Hi Lori!
Brian : How's your second semester going?
Lori : It's going OK. Just trying to keep up with all my assignments. How about yours?
Brian : It's OK. I'm having some trouble keeping up in math class, but I've got a friend who is going to help me out, so I think I'll pass.
Jose : How is this friend going to help you?
Brian : Well, he already had the class, so I'm just going to use his homework and change the answers some. It's not like I'm not going to study, because I'm studying his notes!
Sage : Whoa there, Brian. Isn't that a violation of the academic integrity policy?
Deena : Yeah Brian. I'd be careful if I were you. I think that's called cheating.
Brian : You serious? I'm studying, so why is it cheating?
Jose : Way serious man. It's cheating because you plan to turn in homework someone else did and pretend you did it.
Brian : But I studied and I made some changes.
Lori : Get real, Brian. You know that's cheating. Why don't you let us help you study instead of using your friend's homework?
Jose : Yeah, I've already had that math class. I can help you understand the problems better.
Deena : You could also go to Penn State Learning Center for help. They have math tutors there who can help you. That's where I went for help with my math course.
Brian : I guess I could do that. I never really thought about what I was doing as cheating. I certainly don't want to be considered a cheat, nor do I want to get caught cheating! Thanks for setting me straight guys!
Jose : Even if you get a lower grade, it's better than knowing that you only got a good grade because you cheated.
Academic cheating is anything you do to make it appear that someone else's work is your own or allowing someone else to copy your work and submit it as their own. It can include sharing another's work, copying answers on an exam or homework assignment, buying a research or creative paper, paying someone else to do your work for you, obtaining copies of exams, homework assignments, and notes and using them in place of doing your own work, etc. When grades, rather than education, become the focus, students become more willing to do whatever it takes to get an "A." Although some acts of cheating are unintentional - the student doesn't realize what he/she is doing is considered cheating - most of the time students know when they are doing something wrong.
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Student Dialog - What is Plagiarism?
Jose : Did you hear what happened to that guy in our composition class?
Brian : No, what guy?
Jose : Phil. The guy that always leaves class early.
Brian : Oh yeah, him. What happened to him?
Jose : He got caught plagiarizing and is in big trouble!
Sage : Hi guys, what's up?
Jose : Hey Sage. I was just telling Brian about Phil getting caught plagiarizing.
Sage : Yeah. That was tough man. But he should have known better. Google and Turnitin.com make it easy for faculty to catch students who steal the work of others -- especially if they just copy and paste it from the Web.
Brian : Yeah, I know. But this worries me some. What if Phil didn't mean to plagiarize?
Sage : Well, if he didn't mean to, then he can discuss that with his professor.
Deena : Hi, guys. I heard you talking about plagiarism. I've always been confused about the difference between plagiarism and cheating.
Jose : Well, first, plagiarism is a form of cheating.
Sage : That's right. The way I understand it, plagiarism is when someone copies or uses somebody else's work and acts like it is theirs.
Brian : OK. That's pretty clear. So if you copy something, you should give the author credit for it. But I still don't see how professors would know when someone has plagiarized the work of others.
Sage : Well, most professors can tell when you've used the work of some author in their particular field. Plus, they can use resources on the Web like Google and Turnitin.com to see if the text in your paper came from a Web site.
Brian : Turnitin.com? What's that?
Sage : Well, it's a computer database that professors can use to check student papers for plagiarism. What they do is, they submit the paper and the database checks it against millions of documents and sends the professor back a report listing any text that is not original. Then the professor can go through each of the instances that Turnitin has found and verify whether or not they are properly cited.
Brian : Wow, that's pretty high-tech! Guess we all better be careful not to copy and paste when we write our papers!
Jose : Instructors also keep papers from previous semesters and previous assignments. Even if you copy something that can't be checked by Google or Turnitin because it isn't on the Web, instructors tend to remember what other students have written and can check through their inventory of student papers to see if the paper you are handing in has been copied.
Deena : It's also important to make sure you cite the work correctly if you do copy and paste. In addition to giving the author credit, you also need to format the text correctly by indenting it and putting it in quotes.
Brian : My instructor told us to use the Chicago Manual of Style when citing sources in our papers. The style guide covers how to format and cite the text when you are copying and pasting exact text.
Deena : At any rate, learning how to write a paper and correctly cite sources are important skills to have. Isn't that why we're here in the first place? To learn?
* Turnitin.com is a plagiarism detection tool to which Penn State has a license. All instructors within the Penn State community who are currently teaching a bona fide Penn State course may have an account at Turnitin.com and may submit student work for verification. As a student at Penn State, it is your responsibility to know what constitutes plagiarism and what the penalties are for getting caught. More information about Turnitin.com is available at the Penn State Turnitin Web site as well as at the Turnitin.com Web site.
Like cheating, plagiarism is also implying that another person's work is your own. Plagiarism is a form of cheating. You commit plagiarism if you:
- Submit a paper you have not written to be graded or reviewed as your original work.
- Copy answers or text from another classmate and submit them as your own.
- Quote or paraphrase from another paper, book, journal article, or Web page without using quotation marks, indenting the block of text, and crediting the original author.
- Use long pieces of text or unique phrasings without using quotation marks, indenting the block of text, and acknowledging the original source.
- Cite data without crediting the original source.
- Propose another author's idea as if it were your own.
- Present another author's structure or sequence of ideas as your own without giving the original author credit.
- Fabricate references or use incorrect references.
- Submit someone else's computer program or spreadsheet with minor alterations as your own work.
- Use the same paper, project, or something you created in high school for a current undergraduate course without permission from the faculty member.
This is not a definitive list - any action which implies that someone else's work is your own can be considered plagiarism. However, things like studying in groups and copying a classmate's notes from classes you may have missed are not necessarily acts of plagiarism or cheating. These are things your instructor should address when giving an assignment. If you have any questions about whether working together and sharing notes is OK or not, ask your instructor. It is better to ask for clarification before you start than to have to defend your actions later.
The following Web sites provide examples of the different types of plagiarism. Pay attention to the fact that avoiding plagiarism is not as simple as not "cutting and pasting" from other documents:
Sometimes the boundaries between research and plagiarism can be ambiguous. The OWL Avoiding Plagiarism Web site has a good discussion on the boundary between using other people's research and plagiarism (see reference 1).
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Why Plagiarism and Cheating are Wrong
Penn State is an institution of both learning and research. When you cheat and commit plagiarism, you hurt yourself and the community in the following ways (see reference 1) :
- You deny yourself the opportunity to learn and practice skills that may be needed in your future careers. You also deny yourself the opportunity to receive honest feedback on how to improve your skills and performance.
- You invite future employers and faculty to question your integrity and performance in general.
- You damage Penn State's reputation and invite others to question the integrity of Penn State and the value and validity of degrees issued by Penn State.
- You commit fraud on faculty who are evaluating your work.
- You deprive another author due credit for his or her work.
- You show disrespect for your peers who have done their own work.
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Unintentional Plagiarism - How to Properly Cite a Reference
Like cheating, some acts of plagiarism are unintentional - the student simply doesn't realize that what he/she is doing is wrong. One of the most common errors is not citing sources used for an assignment.
When do you need to cite your sources? The short answer is that you should cite a source any time you incorporate into a project, report, or paper an idea, quote (written or spoken), data, image, or other content that is not yours no matter where it came from, unless it is common knowledge.
The term common knowledge refers to any knowledge that you can reasonably expect other people to know. For instance, the fact that there are bilingual speakers in the United State is common knowledge. You would not have to cite any sources.
The specific percentages or numbers of bilingual speakers would not be common knowledge. If you were using any graphs or numbers about how many bilingual speakers are in the United States, you would need to cite where you obtained the information. If someone, like a professor, told you the information in person or via e-mail, you can cite it as a "personal communication."
There are several citation standards such as MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style, and more. Links to several common style guides are available from the Penn State library "Citation and Writing Guides" http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/researchguides/citationstyles.html.
However, you should always follow whichever citation or bibliography format your instructor gives you.
(see reference 2)
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