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Plagiarism is not in the students’ best interest for many, many reasons.

Three of those
reasons being: suspension or expulsion from an academic agency, monetary penalties, and
notation of plagiarism on their transcript. Plagiarism is a crime, whether it be committed
blatantly or just because the student did not have the prior knowledge. It is not a crime that is
taken lightly. There are always consequences for any action you choose to do.
Plagiarism can lead to suspension or expulsion from the students’ a junior college or
university. Depending on the academic facility in which the student is enrolled, the instructor,
and the administration, the consequences will be different. “Plagiarism allegations can cause a
student to be suspended or expelled.” This can ruin the students’ reputation. Being suspended or
expelled means the student is not allowed to attend class meetings, which will cause them to
miss out on vital class instruction, discussions, quizzes and exams. This will put them further and
further behind in the class, which will be reflected on their final grade.
Legal action may be taken, depending on the severity of the act. Copyright laws are in
place for a reason, and are not taken lightly. “Plagiarism can result in legal action; fines and
penalties, ect.” Legal action can include, but is not limited to, jail time, monetary penalties,
and/or possibly being sued by the writer. Monetary restitution has actually been granted to
authors who have sued their plagiarist.
It can also lead to more extreme consequences, such as notation on student transcripts.
“The most extreme penalties for plagiarism usually include academic suspension, expulsion and
temporary or permanent transcript notation of plagiarism.” Notations of plagiarism on a student’s
academic transcript would be there for all to see, including their future employers. Even if the
students were to mature, before applying for their position, and they were not the same person
they were when they were caught plagiarizing, it would still be reflected on them. They would
still look guilty and would look like they could not be trusted.
The consequences and penalties of plagiarism outweigh the ease it would be to copy
someone else’s work to use as your own. There is something about the feeling you get knowing
you have done something on your own. Your hard work created the end result, instead of using
someone else’s and calling it yours. I would much rather have to put in more effort to create my
own work, than to use someone else’s and have to face those consequences. There are many,
many more consequences than I mentioned, these were just the ones that caught my attention.

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