Courts are not kind to students

In an article published on the 7th of February on the Plagiarism Today blog, many cases are reported where students have gone to court to try and get exonerated from plagiarism charges. It seems that in most cases but not always, the courts find in favour of the schools. While this is reassuring, the author gives three reasons why students feel the need to resort to extreme measures like going to court.

 » However, the cases that have gone to court have usually hinged on one of three things:

Allegedly Inadequate Due Process: Students feel angry because they don’t feel like they received due process. In particular, they feel they were not provided a chance to make their case or have their side of the story heard.

Perceived Discrimination: Many students feel that they were singled out unfairly, either due to race, gender, sexuality or another issue. This prompts some to sue even if they did commit plagiarism and are willing to admit it.

Alleged Breach of Contract: Many students sue because they feel that the school did not uphold their end of the honor code, not providing them the protections they were promised or following the standard it set forth » (Bailey, 2017).

Sad to see that students feel like they have been not been heard enough, that they have been treated unfairly, that they have not been trained enough yet in almost all the cases, the judges ruled against them…


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