Plagiarism - Severity

There are many kinds of plagiarism and many factors surrounding the severity of the violation. This table can be used by instructors as a tool for measuring the severity of a plagiarism violation and as a guide for a classroom discussion about plagiarism. Instructors are invited to define consequences for the various degrees of violation and to redefine the point system as they see fit. Begin by selecting at least one of these six forms of plagiarism (below - left hand column).

 

Plagiarism: Calculating Severity
  Choose one of these two measures of plagiarism frequency for each selected form of plagiarism Choose one of these two measures of intention
  A few examples seen across the work Numerous examples seen across the work Unintentional Intentional (or regardless of intent)
1. Evidence of incorrect paraphrasing because did not change the wording or sentence structure 2 6 2 5
2. Evidence of incorrect paraphrasing because of incorrect usage of the appropriate citation style 1 5 2 5
3. Evidence of incorrect paraphrasing because did not provide any citation information 3 7 2 5
4. Evidence of incorrect quoting (directly copying) because of incorrect usage of the appropriate citation style 1 5 2 5
5. Evidence of directly copying without giving credit (providing a citation) 3 7 2 5
6. Turning in a work completely written by another person (other people) n/a n/a n/a 55

 

Total Points (3 - 55) Degrees of Violation Consequences
3 to 10 less severe TBA by instructor
11 to 35 more severe TBA by instructor
36 to 55 most severe TBA by instructor