Lawyers Defending College Students Against Alcohol, Drug, Sexual Assault, Plagiarism and Other Violations in Colleges, Universities & Courts


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Hi, I'm Shanlon Wu, a college student defense attorney, and today we're going to talk about plagiarism. Plagiarism today is not the same plagiarism as your mom and dad used to talk about. Today, with the internet, it's really easy to accidentally commit plagiarism and the key for you remember is that your school doesn't care about your intent. That's right, it doesn't matter whether you intended to pass off someone else's work as your own. What matters is whether you properly cite it or attributed to work. So what does that mean? You need to take notes as you go. Everyone has this habit of writing a paper or trying to get it done and at the end I need to put in citations. Well, by that time, the deadline is looming and you can't remember where all the work came from so it's really important that you cite as you go and there's a lot of help for that nowadays, software such as one note when you cut and paste something from the internet automatically puts it into URL. Use applications like that, take the notes as you go, and just remember no one today take someone else's paper wholesale and tries to turn it in as their own, that doesn't work. Where people are getting in trouble is when you have cut and pasted from a lot of different sources and you forget to properly attribute those sources. You might not have intended to commit plagiarism but you have. Hope that helps.

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Shanlon Wu, College Student Criminal Defense Attorney

Shan represents college students in a wide variety of student disciplinary actions related to drugs, alcohol, plagiarism, cheating, sexual assault, and computer crimes. Shan’s professional and personal background give him a unique understanding of academic institutions and the criminal justice system. A former prosecutor, he served 10 years supervising the misdemeanor crime section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia working closely with all of the Washington D.C. area law enforcement agencies. Because Shan grew up in a university environment, he understands the mindset of academic institutions. This professional and personal experience gives him a deep understanding of codes of student conduct, student disciplinary hearings, and university disciplinary proceedings.