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.
If you are caught plagiarising, it's possible that not only will you be removed from your course and institution, but you may never be able to study for a degree again. 143 university students in the UK were expelled in 2007 for plagiarism offences.
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 amongst other things, plagiarism is on the increase.
However, don't fall into the trap of thinking that because more people are tempted to plagiarise this somehow both reduces its seriousness and the likelihood of your facing plagiarism consequences, as it does neither of these.
The consequences of plagiarism could seriously endanger your academic career because your record will follow you, and should you be compelled to leave your course of study, then you will find it extremely difficult to obtain a place elsewhere because no college or university will want a student who has proved 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 well be sacrificing your academic career.
Should you be embarked on a longer piece of work, such as a dissertation or thesis, and plagiarise, 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 and you will be required to produce work of publication standard.