Students now hiring solicitors to fight charges of plagiarism

Ireland“Students facing disciplinary hearings on suspicion of plagiarism have started to hire solicitors to avoid being thrown out of college, a leading academic has said. According to Michael Laffan, associate professor of history in UCD, students who are caught writing essays with information gleaned from websites such as Wikipedia are increasingly arming themselves with legal experts which often results in college authorities letting them off …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 4 October]

Blogmeister’s comment: I hope that none of the students referred to are identifiable from the article, otherwise Michael Laffan may soon be on the sharp end of some defamation claims as well … Seriously, I find it hard to believe that UCD don’t take proper legal advice (whether in-house or out-sourced) in such serious cases. They really shouldn’t complain when the students do likewise.

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