(Original post by ChemistBoy)
It is really difficult to prove plagiarism and Universities will only take action when there is a watertight legal case. It is a real shame that people get away with it, but Universities don't want to lose money being sued.
I have actually experienced plagiarism from the teaching point of view and it is very frustrating, but you can't take any chances and accusing someone of plagiarism without good evidence is risky.
I never thought of it from that point of view, thanku, your point is really interesting
One particular individual has cheated by
- paying master students to write his assignments (again, uni couldnt prove it, but he openly admitted it to other students)
- handing in the same assignment as 5 other friends (although it could not be established who was the source of the actual content and who simply copied it)
- stashing criminal notes in the toilets during an exam and leaving the exam 3 times to go to the toilet (they couldnt prove notes were his)
- kicking off in the middle of an exam being held in a classroom as there were very few people on the module; he waited until 1 invigilator had left the room, leaving the other 1, then demanded to see the head of module immediately as there was a "mistake" on the paper, and the remaining invigilator left the room to fetch the head of module!
He and his friend immediately started urgently talking and looking at notes from under his desk!!!!
We have felt unable to report this last one as surely the fact we were left alone would invalidate all our marks as the exam wasn't carried out in accordance with exam / board conditions??!!
I agree he wont ever have the satisfaction of actually achieving.
However if he does get a training contract and become a laywer, Im more concerned about his clients, who will put their trust and their best interests in him, unaware he is a cheat and a fraud.
He is one of those people who would definately sue the uni if they tried to exclude him as well