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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Aubry Diane on Monday September 19, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Test 101 at University of California - Merced taught by Aubriana Garcia in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 2 views.

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Date Created: 09/19/16
Aubriana Garcia 5200 N. Lake Road Merced, CA, 95343 (209) 628-0946 Merritt’s Writing Program September 1, 2016 5200 N. Lake Road Merced, CA, 95343 Dear Merritt’s Writing Program Curriculum Committee: Good morning! I’m writing to UC Merced’s Merritt Writing Program Curriculum Committee concerning the current plagiarism policy and whether or not to continue with following it, in regards to students’ work within their courses. After reading claims in Lea Calvert Evering and Gary Moorman’s article about plagiarism, I have concluded that I endorse UCM’s current policy to a certain extent, for there are some recommendations I have to offer. When it comes to plagiarism, the main concerns are that first, what initially caused the student to do such an act, second, that academic honesty and integrity isn’t being maintained, and third, that the action has shown the student needs to be taught the correct way to go about citing sources for any papers to be written. With academic integrity being violated, it results in leaving the student subject to punishment, which, depending on the severity of the case, can vary from a slap on the wrist to expulsion from the university (Evering and Moorman, Robinson-Zanartu et al 2005). When it first comes to mind, the rates and statistics of plagiarism among our youth seem to be high because of the taboo that has evolved around it, regarding how much the educational system stresses and advises against it. In the early 2000s, surveys were conducted within American institutions, ranging from junior high to college. Results from McCabe, Scanlon and Neuman’s data analysis concluded with similar findings. In McCabe’s survey, 34% of students surveyed have plagiarized in one form or another, whether that be word for word or just not citing. And in Scalon’s and Neuman’s, 50% were believed to have plagiarized word for word, but only 8% reported it, and around 28% have written papers, but failed to cite used works (Evering and Moorman, Robinson-Zanartu et al 2005). Here at UC Merced, the current policy that is in effect is that if serious instances of plagiarism occur, the student(s) will fail the assignment, receive an F as their final grade, and expulsion will be recommended. Although for a much simpler case, the student(s) will receive a warning, but nothing more. I feel that within moderation, this policy in itself is quite fair. But, regardless of the degree to which plagiarism has occurred, a first offense should include more of a lesson to be taught, no matter why it happened, for the fact that the student may not always take the first offense warning as serious as it should be taken. According to Evering and Moorman’s article, research has been conducted and analyzed on plagiarism and why it happens. What was found was that most plagiarism occurs not because the student is deemed by themselves “incapable” of completing their work, but that either they favor getting the assignment done with because of their lack of interest for it, or because they have a grade point average to keep up. And coming from a personal experience, I both value and find the analysis results completely relatable, because it was my reason for committing so- called “plagiarism”. But on the other hand, correlating my experience to what was stated, perhaps in addition to the warning, the student(s) shall attend a meeting with an academic advisor, in which they speak of the reason they plagiarized in order to take ownership of what has happened. After, the academic advisor will clearly review the policy and what measures will be taken in case the incident reoccurs, following a newly signed contract stating the student is fully aware of future precautions, along with a small module-like training that teaches the student ways to correctly credit authors in which they obtained information from to use in their personal work, and also benefits to correct citing, such as no future hassles or issues concerning possible plagiarism, while building credible work on top of others’ past ideas, research, and analysis. From there, a follow-up meeting will be scheduled to discuss progress and actions that have been taken to keep their work free of plagiarism, by using the correct citations. After, the student will no longer be obligated to attend any more meetings. In conclusion, I think that if no changes were to be made to the current policy, it is generally fine as is. But if recommendations were to be taken into consideration regarding plagiarism and the university’s punishment system for it, my ideas previously conveyed would be the ones I’d offer. Lastly, I would like to thank you for your time and I wish you a very nice rest of your day! Cordially, Aubriana Garcia UC Merced Undergraduate Student Works Cited Calvert­Evering, Lea, and Gary Moorman. "Rethinking Plagiarism in the Digital Age." Adolescent and Adult Literacy  (2012): n. pag. Web.


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