What should I do if I am accused of plagiarism or violating my college academic honor code?
The first thing you should do if you are accused of plagiarism or violating the academic honor code is to make sure you understand who is making the accusation. Is the accuser a professor or a fellow student?
An attorney familiar with college disciplinary proceedings understands that accusations by a professor must be handled differently than academic honor code violation accusations brought by students or administrators. Our attorneys are experienced with the types of defense best suited for student plagiarism and honor code cases brought by professors, administrators, or fellow students.
What to do if I am accused of plagiarism by my professor?
Ideally you should speak with your professor to find out what you can about the accusation. (Note: it is always a good idea to introduce yourself to your professors even in large lecture classes – a personal touch always helps.) But many schools prohibit any contact with your professor if a formal charge has been made. An attorney experienced with student plagiarism defense can advise you on what contact will be permissible.
What are the consequences if I am accused of plagiarism or a violation of my college academic honor code?
If you are accused of plagiarism or violating the academic honor code, you can be put on academic probation, suspended or expelled for plagiarism and academic honor code violations. Like any other kind of discipline record, a plagiarism or academic code violation may be disclosed to future potential graduate schools and employers. Our attorneys know the best defense to use for plagiarism and academic honor code cases and how to best minimize the risk to your future education and employment.
What is a zero tolerance policy for plagiarism?
A zero tolerance policy for plagiarism means that any action that meets the technical definition of plagiarism will be prosecuted as plagiarism by the college or university. Intent does not matter so even careless errors such as typos or handing in the wrong draft will result in a plagiarism violation being brought and very likely sustained.
Students and parents often are surprised that mistakes that appear to lack any intent to plagiarize or cheat still result in the student being found responsible for an academic honor code violation.
Our attorneys will advise you on what defense is best suited to the particular plagiarism or academic code violation brought against a student.
What to do if I forget to properly cite a source?
Let your professor or teaching assistant know as soon as possible and immediately hand in a corrected version. However, zero tolerance plagiarism policies mean that even careless errors lacking intent to cheat or plagiarize may still result in the student being found in violation. Our defense attorneys know how best to handle the explanations for such accidental or inadvertent plagiarism errors to maximize your chances of avoiding being found responsible for plagiarism and/or academic code violation.