Consequences of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious offense that Da Vinci teachers warn students about. Personal stories are always more compelling than threats and warnings from teachers, and conveniently, paraeducator Antwanette Wiley had her own experience with the repercussions of plagiarism during her time at UC Davis.

“As I was finishing up my last course of my 5th year at UC Davis in 2013, I was doing a lot of reading and writing. My final for this upper division History course was a 20 page paper on some boring topic about Ancient China. I turned in my paper, like any other day, and it wasn’t until a few days later when I received an email from the Judicial Affairs at UC Davis that summoned. Come to find out, I cited the wrong person. One man was citing another person and I did not cite the right person,” said Wiley about what had happened. Judicial affairs is the administration that upholds a university’s rules and expectations for it’s students, much like Mr. Milsap does at Da Vinci.

Wiley had to face a jury to explain herself and have her repercussions decided upon. “As the Judicial Affairs representative finally decided to to give me the benefit of the doubt on the assignment she also gave me a warning. That if this was to happen again I would not have the opportunity to explain myself and I would be kicked out of school, have a black mark on my final transcript, and would have further legal issues for stealing someone else’s work.” Though this sounds like she got off easy, there was more she had to do. “I then had to complete a plagiarism course/test that showed I understood all types of citation and how to do it properly. The professor still originally had an A- in the course prior to the final but the professor gave me a D for my final grade.”

While an experience like this is obviously very disconcerting, it was also a chance to learn. “Plagiarism is taken seriously, as if it was a big crime,” saif Wiley. “Even with such a simple mistake of citing the wrong person, they seem to not care about that and only cared I did not cite properly.”

Since Wiley had this experience, she now has valuable advice to pass onto Da Vinci students. “I advise all DV students learn how to cite and cite properly.” she said. “The real world will not be kind and take the issue at face value. Although some complain about how harsh their English teacher is, it’s for your own good. This is the time to learn and correct your mistakes.” Da Vinci students should take this advice to heart and learn from Wiley’s mistakes in order to avoid similar situations.

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