Collusion, Self-Plagiarism and Contract Offense
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We have already talked about the four common types of Plagiarism and how you can get involved in them, intentionally or unintentionally or both. This guide will help you understand the three more serious academic offences, which many students are not completely aware of. It is important for you to clear your confusion between these three because you may assume that they are ethical. But, the reality is that you could get into more trouble without knowing their consequences. So, let us dig a little deeper and get to know what Collusion, Self-Plagiarism and Contract Cheating actually are.
Working in groups to complete an academic assignment is perfectly fine. There are lots of activities that will require a student to work in a group of more than two students. Different ideas arise because of unique mindsets. But, one should know when the collaboration with his friends, turns into collusion. It means that they are using someone else’s ideas in their work, and, act like they have produced it on their own. Here, it is clear that with collusion, a student is trying to deceive his teacher by submitting unacceptable assignments.
This is a fairly new type of academic offense which was earlier unknown to many students and teachers. Self-plagiarism is the act of re-using your own work by adding parts of it in the new assignment that needs to be submitted. Many students assume that it is acceptable to re-use their own work. And by doing this, they believe that the submission is entirely original. But Turnitin will eventually detect that a student has used recycled work. So, you need to be aware of this new concept and clear your confusion.
Sometimes, students may come across challenging assignments that are beyond their capability. Or, they do not have enough time to do their work because of some other important tasks. This is when they indulge in Contract Cheating, which is a serious concern for the teachers. There are a few ways that a student can get an assignment written illegally. The first being bribing or paying another person to write his assignment and the second is by submitting a stolen assignment and claiming that it is their original work.
Every university treats Collusion, Self-Plagiarism and Contract Cheating as a serious and punishable academic offense. It is because of the above three types of academic misconducts, that a University has to modify and stricken the guidelines frequently. There are ways by which the faculty can detect whether your work is plagiarised or not. So, to stay safe, it is always better to submit original assignments. However, you can always ask your friends and teachers for any guidance that you may require. Indulging in illegal acts will only get you in trouble and severely affect your academic performance. So, why not get respectable grades ethically?