Archive for plagiarism

Plagiarism: An Administrator’s Perspective

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Yes, this is another post on plagiarism, which is a topic academics will continue discussing until it disappears (and how likely is that to happen?). ProfHacker has had posts before on preventing plagiarism and responding to plagiarism, and I am sure we will have more posts following this one …” (more)

[HT: Sharon Flynn]
[Nels P Highberg, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 March]


College to review plagiarism and ethics policies

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues with tags , on 12 March 2011 by Steve

“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has invited staff to review its policy on plagiarism and student assessments following recent controversies at the third-level institution …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 12 March]


Posted in Legal issues with tags on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“There is a half-life to the dynamics of political scandal. If headlines stay on the front page a week and then move inside, its political toxicity may be diluted and the culprit may survive. Two weeks, and new revelations, and the poison will eventually topple the most popular of politicians. So it was for Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg …” (more)

[Irish Times, 5 March]

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and his movable type

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“The resignation of a minister over PhD plagiarism reveals how much more Germany values academia than we do …” (more)

[Philip Oltermann, Guardian, 2 March]

German defence minister quits over plagiarism row

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“German’s defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has resigned from all political posts after a scandal over duplications in his PhD thesis has grown out of proportion …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, The Great Beyond, 1 March]

Firm defends writing essays for students

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“A company offering to write essays for students insisted today the service does not tempt students to commit plagiarism. Write My Assignments has already supplied 10 Irish students with written essays for €280 to €350 each …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Herald, 28 February]

German scientists outraged in defence minister plagiarism affair

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“Thousands of German scientists and academics have signed an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel expressing their unhappiness over the official handling of the by-now notorious case of plagiarism on the part of her minister of defence. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is accused of having duplicated large parts of his 2006 PhD thesis …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, The Great Beyond, 28 February]

Business selling college essays refutes claims of plagiarism

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“A company offering students help with college assignments has denied it promotes plagiarism despite warnings against the use of such services …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 February]

Plagiarism in the 21st century

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags on 25 February 2011 by Steve

“There has been much hand wringing on the web lately over plagiarism. Today, Silicon Republic highlights the story of two young entrepreneurs who have brought the Write my Assignments business model to Ireland …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 25 February]

Academic plagiarism and the wider world

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 24 February 2011 by Steve

“Academics are used to discussions about the nature and implications of plagiarism, both on the part of students and occasionally by staff. But just occasionally plagiarism that had its origins in academic exercises creates waves in the wider world …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 February]

University strips German minister of his doctorate

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 24 February 2011 by Steve

“The German defence minister rejected opposition claims he was a ‘liar and a cheat’ but has admitted writing an ‘obviously problematic’ doctoral thesis …” (more)

[Derek Scally, Irish Times, 24 February]

Doctor’s report pulled over plagiarism concern

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 20 February 2011 by Steve

“When a medical ethics report co-authored by a top Canadian doctor was published, it was hailed as ‘required reading’ for all health-care providers and medical students. Now, people can’t distance themselves from the report fast enough …” (more)

[Margaret Munro, University World News, 20 February]

New Partners in the Plagiarism-Detection Business

Posted in Life with tags , , on 27 January 2011 by Steve

“… On Wednesday, Hobsons, a marketing and technology company that serves colleges, and iParadigms, which provides plagiarism-detection services such as, announced a new partnership that will allow colleges to bring ‘automated content authentication’ into the admissions process. Translation: The partnership will merge Hobsons’ popular online application system, ApplyYourself, with an iParadigms service called Turnitin for Admissions …” (more)

[Eric Hoover, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 January]

Student plagiarism on the rise

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags , on 23 January 2011 by Steve

“Hundreds of cases of academic ‘misconduct’ are being detected at Scottish higher education institutions every year …” (more)

[Judith Duffy, University World News, 23 January]

Will plagiarism defeat us?

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags , on 21 January 2011 by Steve

“Nearly two years ago I wrote a post on this blog about plagiarism, arguing that if we were to contain it we would need to have a shared vision with students about the principles and objectives of learning …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 January]

Plagiarism detection study

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags , on 8 January 2011 by Steve

“Via @jobadge RT @WeWuWiWo: Plagiarism detection study published at: – SafeAssign does not fare well. Interesting read.” (tweet)

[David Walker, Twitter, 7 January]

Plagiarism and Turnitin

Posted in teaching with tags , on 29 December 2010 by Steve

“RT @ajcann: Students Turned Off by Turnitin? Perception of Plagiarism and Collusion by Undergraduate Bioscience Students” (tweet)

[Turnitin, Twitter, 28 December]

GMIT academics to raise issue of cheating students

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 26 November 2010 by Steve

“Academic staff at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) are expected to express serious concerns about incidents of students’ plagiarism and how they were handled within the college, at an Academic Council meeting today …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 26 November]

College denies letting plagiarism students off the hook

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“A third-level college has said that allowing three students who admitted plagiarism in an exam to continue their course was a ‘proportionate response’ …” (more)

[, 15 November]

Students who admitted plagiarism not asked to repeat course, college confirms

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“A third-level college has moved to defend itself against allegations of plagiarism among students and a ‘dumbing down’ of academic standards. Sources at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have acknowledged that students who admitted plagiarism were not asked to repeat a course …” (more)

[Sean Flynn and Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 15 November]