THE CAMPUS QUESTION: Should Universities Do More to Make Clear to Students the Rules about Plagiarism?
Sharma, Interviews Suruchi, The Independent (London, England)
Universities are increasingly concerned about students buying essays and dissertations from internet websites such as eBay and passing them off as their own. A growing number of websites are offering off-the- peg or ghost-written essays for sale. The worry is, of course, that students may be awarded better grades than they deserve.
First-year student in education and English literature, University of Central Lancashire
nnn We are given very clear guidelines about how to write essays. Students sometimes don't realise that the way they structure essays from ideas they have got on the web may be considered as cheating.
Professor of Renaissance studies, University of Leicester
nnn Plagiarism is becoming more of a problem as students tend to borrow a little of the essays, and then a little more, and so on until there is excessive dependence upon secondary sources. I would not fail someone the first time that they plagiarise, but they are not doing themselves any favours in their careers by taking someone else's intellectual property.
Assistant general secretary, Association of University Teachers
nnn The rapid expansion of student numbers has increased the size of seminars and tutorials. This has diminished the relationship between academic staff and students, making it harder to know whether the work that students submit is their own. …