Historically,plagiarism has been a major concern for administrators and teachersin their quest to have their students represent their efforts inclass that reflect the learning outcomes(Roig, 2010).refers to use of the original ideas or words of another person asthough they are yours without giving the originator any credit. Thiscan take various forms such as failure to use quotation marks,copying the sentence structure but changing the words or turninganother person’s work to appear as your own. underminesthe learning of the perpetrator, is unfair to those students who workdiligently, violates the trust between students and teachers, anddiminishes the value of the degree for all the students(Shafer, 2014).

Waysthrough which plagiarism violates trust between professors andstudents

Professorsare primarily responsible for imparting knowledge to the students onattitudes, behaviors and skills that enables them represent theiroriginal ideas based on what has been taught. Therefore,misinterpretation or impersonation of someone else`s work violatestrust. is academic misconduct, and the moment there is apresentation of someone’s work as one’s own with recognizing thesource, then there is the breach of trust. This demeans the effortsby the professors to ensure that the students grasp the conceptstaught and present it in a manner that illustrates their originality,thinking and integrity(Judith, 2010).

Reasonswhy plagiarism is unfair to other students

is unfair to other students who are dedicated to diligently doingtheir work without cheating. entails use of materials orideas of another person, and this is an unfair practice where somestudents take advantage over others who tirelessly made efforts topresent the same piece of data. Particularly, grading the studentswho plagiarize their work using the same grading system as those whodo not is unfair and demeans the efforts made by the diligentstudents. In most cases the students who plagiarize tend to scorehigher than those who do not, and this is unfair and should becondemned by the institution in the strongest manner possible(Judith,2010).

Waysthrough which plagiarism harms the plagiarist

Thestudents who plagiarize ‘succeed’ without learning. This is anact of penalizing themselves and any other person who will be relyingon them for the knowledge, which ideally they are supposed to have,but they lack. For instance, a med student cheating on having graspedthe concept in surgery may be not appropriate to be assignedoperation of a person as this would be risky(Roig, 2010).

Howplagiarism undermines value of university education and enterprise ofhigher education

devalues the degree or certificate gotten since the integrity ofplagiarized work is always questionable. If the university gets areputation of tolerating plagiarism, employers will not hold thegraduates from that university in high esteem. Furthermore, otheryoung students willing to take the courses offered in such aninstitutions may withdraw due to the bad reputation(Shafer, 2014).


Judith,B. A. (2010). Think:Critical Thinking and Logic Skills for Everyday Life.New York: McGraw-Hill.

Roig,M. (2010). and Self-plagiarism: What Every Author ShouldKnow. BiochemiaMedica,295-300.

Shafer,S. L. (2014). Is Is . Anesthesia&amp Analgesia 118(1),1-2.

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