Consequences of Plagiarism - In the World and in MCS

Middle School Plagiarism Consequences
In middle school, the consequence is most likely a zero on the project if caught plagiarizing. There is a good chance that the student doesn’t even know what plagiarizing is, so how can the teacher give the student a zero if the teacher never educated their class about plagiarizing? This is the problem, students in grades 6-8 probably do not fully understand why plagiarizing is wrong. The teacher should not punish the students if he/she has never informed them about the topic, just giving the student a zero isn’t going to teach them about plagiarizing.
Students often do not learn about plagiarizing until high school, where the consequences can be a lot more severe. They need to be taught early on so they understand that it is a crime. Kids do not associate plagiarizing as stealing, they think of stealing as walking in to a store and taking things, so they just think they are words and there is nothing wrong with it. When in actuality it is the same thing. The teachers need to get this instilled in to their minds, probably before middle school even. Students need to be educated about this early on, they should know about this before high school. The earlier they learn the less often plagiarism will occur.

High School Plagiarism Consequences

Plagiarism in its simplest form is the stealing of someone else’s work and claiming it to be yours. However, plagiarism is not always this simple; there are many different forms of plagiarism all with consequences. The severity of the consequences depends on your education level. For example, plagiarizing in college is taken more seriously than high school plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious offense that carries heavy consequences and can seriously damage a person’s career and quite possibly their life and reputation.

Plagiarism is usually regarded as stealing or theft, but it is not mentioned in any current laws. Plagiarism is sometimes considered copyright infringement which can be taken to court and the plagiarizer can be sued. Plagiarism is not taken very seriously as far as legality, jail time is almost never served and it is usually just a fine if the author decides to press charges. It is taken more seriously in a social and career setting rather than in a legal setting.
The consequences of plagiarizing in college are usually worse than any legal consequences. Plagiarism can seriously affect an authors and students reputation and is put on your record when caught.
The consequences of plagiarizing in high school can vary depending on whether a repeat offense is, and how seriously the work was plagiarized. The most common consequences in high school usually involve failing the assignment and a talk from the teacher. However, if the offence is serious enough or if the student repeatedly plagiarizes then the student may be suspended or even expelled. A teacher may also fail the student for the entire semester or not allow them to take the final exam. The worse consequence is college acceptance. If a college sees that someone plagiarized in high school they may not accept the student which can damage someone’s professional career. Some jobs also may not accept you if you plagiarized in high school.
Those are the basic consequences of high school plagiarism. The consequences get more severe and complex as you move on in life. Although the consequences in high school may not seem bad, they can really affect you later in life. Nothing good ever comes from plagiarism.


The Consequences for Plagiarism at a College Level

The penalties for plagiarism in college are worse than the penalties for middle or high school. In college, the students should know what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. The punishment for plagiarism in college is up to the instructor and if it is intentional or unintentional plagiarism. If the student unintentionally plagiarizes, the instructor may talk to the student to hear their case, and tell them that they have to remember to cite everything. The consequences would be a zero on the assignment or on the whole class grade. If a instructor catches you for intentionally plagiarizing, they will usually make the student have a hearing in front of the Dean of Students; if you are found guilty, you would either get suspended, expelled, have your diploma revoked or seized by the University with a failing statues.


The penalties for intentionally plagiarizing at Baylor University are clear-cut, and the instructor would send the student to have a hearing with The Honor Council, if found guilty they have to follow these consequences.
1) “They receive a 0 on the work in question.”
2) “They are suspended, most often for two or three days. The length depends largely on the student's behavior before the Honor Council; truthfulness and contrition are appropriate when the evidence is compelling. Ordinarily the student misses a day of school for the first day of suspension (and receives a 0 on all work that day). Remaining days are "reverse suspension"; students serve these during the next vacation.”
3) “Students who are convicted of plagiarism also receive specific final warning and will suffer expulsion if they are convicted of a further honor offense.”
Those who unintentionally plagiarize at Baylor, their consequences are not as clear-cut. The student who got caught may get a 0 on the assignment or class grade, but will not have to face The Honor Council, and deal with all of the other consequences. The teacher who has assigned the assignment gets to make their own consequences for that certain student.
If you get caught for a serious case of plagiarism in college, the University may take away your diploma so you will not be able to graduate. If you are caught in college and are expelled, many other colleges will not take you. After you are expelled from college for plagiarism, it is very hard to get into other colleges, especially other four year colleges. Once you get caught for plagiarism in high school or college, it gets put onto your personal record and many jobs will not want to hire you for that one thing.



Consequences at the Professional Level
By the time people reach the professional level, they should be educated on the topic of plagiarizing, and it is unlikely to occur. It seems that the consequences are more severe in college than they are for the people in power of a country. For example, in 2003, Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, copied a speech given two days earlier by John Howard, prime minister of Australia. However, he still went on to become prime minister. This is unjust, why can people in high power plagiarize and almost nothing happens, but in college you can get expelled, and after getting expelled it is very hard to get accepted by another college. Plagiarism rules need to be enforced at all levels, including professional.