Cheaters and plagiarists have always existed no matter where exactly they study. Universities usually conduct annual surveys aimed at discovering how many students plagiarized at least once, how often and in what manner they did it, what sources they used to take information from, and other details. These surveys help university administration understand how complex a plagiarism issue is and take appropriate measures. Unfortunately, not all universities care about this problem. Some of them still pay little attention to the problem and just neglect checking plagiarism online. As a result, education quality doesn’t get improved.
Nevertheless, Edinburgh Napier University (Scotland) provides a good role model for other educational institutions in the UK and all over the world. According to Daily Record, Edinburgh Napier made an in-depth research between 2012 and 2015 and found out there are 1395 cheating incidents. It’s quite an impressive result, isn’t it?
Thanks to the study conducted by the British universities, it became known that thousands of students use online web resources to buy their academic works and exam results. As for cheating, the University of Kent reported 1947 cases, Westminster – 1933, and East London – 1828. The world’s renowned universities like Cambridge and Oxford found less cheaters: Oxford detected 109 incidents while Cambridge registered only 5 cases of academic dishonesty.
What happens after university administration finds plagiarists? Of course, it depends on the educational institution and its honor code. Sometimes in addition to the destroyed reputation, students may be obliged to pay monetary penalties, rewrite their academic works or retake a course.
As you can see, consequences are rather dangerous, that’s why universities tend to play safe and do their best to explain students what they should do to avoid plagiarism. For example, the Oxford Student Honor Code has the same requirements as the majority of honor codes in other universities: Students are to give credits to the sources they use while working on their own papers (even if students paraphrase all the ideas they find there, they still have to footnote), or else their writings will be considered as plagiarized.
If you want to learn more about all the consequences that untruthful students may face, check our post here.