When students see that they can create an original paper and be praised for their work, they feel a sense of pride and professionalism. How do we as teachers instruct our students about the perils of cheating when there is so much evidence of people getting away with it?
Hereâ€™s a suggested rule of thumb. Having someone double check your grammar from time-to-time is fine. In the information technology world, it would be similar to doing code reviews to ensure what youâ€™re programming is robust. In the academic world, you should not be engaging in activities where someone else rewrites your work even if itâ€™s a few sentences.
The softest of penalties usually involve retaking a course while a big F or W looms on a transcript. With both students and historians, plagiarism will ruin careers, even if it does not result in explicit punishment.