Academic plagiarism is the Achilles’ heel of most educators.
You try hard to develop critical thinking and writing skills of your students, but they continue attempts to copy texts and ideas from others, claiming them as own. It’s like a slap in your face or a kick in your… well, any part of your body, isn’t it?
Despite devastating consequences of plagiarism and strong policies against it in most institutions, students don’t seem to realize the problem. Numbers speak volumes:
- 86% of students cheat in college.
- 54% believe it’s okay and even necessary to cheat to stay competitive.
- 76% copy others’ assignments word for word.
- 42% purchase papers from custom writing services.
Note: this article has been updated in April 2017.
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