[Vision2020] Response to Pat Kraut on Plagiarism

Nicholas Gier ngier at uidaho.edu
Mon Aug 30 12:23:00 PDT 2004

Dear Pat,

I may have already reminded you of these two points, but it seems as if I need to repeat them.  The students who plagiarized in my classes always apologized,and they always said that they did not intend to do it.  

The Daily News headline was really off the wall.  I don't know of any case of plagiarism that was done with malevolent intent.

But all of this is besides the main point.  The students apologized but they still failed.

The second point is that students never get a second chance to do the paper over again.  Professor Engerman has stated that Wilson and Wilkins "misused" his work.  How can he be sure that Wilson will not misuse it again, especially since he intends to stand by a thesis that he cannot defend?

Nick Gier

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