Consequences Of Plagiarism

The consequences of plagiarism can be extremely serious.

If you doubt the severity of the consequences of plagiarism, consider the following:

  • Plagiarism can get you expelled from your course
  • Plagiarism can result in your work being destroyed
  • Plagiarism can result in expulsion from your academic institution
  • Plagiarism can result in legal action

The problem is that students today are faced not only with increasing pressure and a consequent temptation to plagiarise, but also with the potential to plagiarise being ever more available via the Internet - for these reasons, plagiarism is on the increase.

However, don't fall into the trap of thinking that because more people are tempted to plagiarise that this somehow both reduces its seriousness and the likelihood of your facing plagiarism consequences, as it does neither of these. If you are caught plagiarising, you may not only be removed from your course, but you may never be able to study for a degree again. Over 50,000 students in the UK alone have been caught for plagiarism in the last 3 years.

The consequences of plagiarism could seriously endanger your academic career because your record will follow you: should you be compelled to leave your course of study, you will find it extremely difficult to obtain a place elsewhere because no college or university will want a student who has proven themselves to be dishonest and unworthy. These may seem very harsh words, but it is no exaggeration to say that for a moment of foolishness, you may be sacrificing your entire academic career.

Should you be caught plagiarising on a longer piece of work, such as a dissertation or thesis, the work will probably be destroyed. In fact, in these cases, your work will be scrutinised even more carefully for any instance of plagiarism and the consequences of any plagiarism discovered will be even more severe because originality is the basis of this type of high-level research, which is expected to be of publication standard.