Who is hurt by plagiarism?
Plagiarism is a self-destructive act that sabotages learning, which is the most important reason a student attends John Carroll University.
Those who work hard to complete assignments honestly can feel betrayed by those who do not make the same effort and who may gain an unfair advantage when it comes to course grades. A student who knowingly plagiarizes is no different than an athlete who cheats and takes banned drugs to gain an unfair advantage.
Instructors spend much time and expend much effort preparing classes, carefully reading and commenting on student writing, and meeting with students. Because of this, an instructor may rightfully feel disrespected and betrayed when a student plagiarizes.
What is damaged by plagiarism?
The student-teacher relationship
If teachers cannot trust students they cannot teach them. Plagiarism turns the student-teacher relationship into a perpetrator-cop relationship, which means the end of the learning process.
Critical, creative, and independent thinking
When a student plagiarizes, that person loses the chance to develop skills which make for a productive life.
An atmosphere conducive to learning
Plagiarism replaces curiosity, effort, and trust with cynicism and distrust.
John Carroll’s reputation
Potential employers will hesitate to hire a student from a school that has a reputation for students who practice plagiarism.
The value of a degree from John Carroll
Students who plagiarize graduate lacking important knowledge and skills, diminishing the value of their John Carroll education.
The values of a Jesuit education
Students who plagiarize do not prepare themselves to lead and serve others.