Colleges give fair warning on plagiarism

With Internet cheating on the rise, schools up the ante and get the word out.

Colleges are on the lookout for students who plagiarize papers from the Internet, and they want students to know it, reports The Courier Press.

The advent of Google and Wikipedia make it a lot easier for students to plagiarize. The College of Charleston in South Carolina, is so concerned about academic stealing that they are branding perpetrators with not only an "F," but an "XF" on transcripts. The XF remains on the transcript for two years before the student may petition to have it removed.

But schools are using the Internet to their advantage, as well by using

"It's kind of like the police. Very rarely do you see them out there kicking down doors. But if you didn't have them, things would be different."

Schools have very serious consequences for plagiarizing material. Some schools have honor codes that if violated, lead to expulsion.

"Outcomes could range from a warning to a student after a thorough discussion to a probationary status with the university. ... The next level up are things like suspension," said USI Dean of Students Barry Schonberger.

It is important that students understand the need for proper citations and attribution.

"Many students don't seem to understand the need to attribute sources correctly. We have education to do (on how to attribute correctly). The bottom line is anything that appears in a paper that isn't your words or ideas, should be referenced," said Dane Partridge, associate professor of management at USI and director of the university's honors program.