Workshops Address the Challenge of Plagiarism

Posted: March 30, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Division of Instructional and Technology Support Services (DoIT), in conjunction with the Faculty Senate Technology Policy Committee, is sponsoring several sessions in April on one of the major challenges of teaching in the modern age—plagiarism.

The first is a DoIT Dialogue: “Cyber-plagiarism and How to Prevent It” on Wednesday, April 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Innovation Hall, Room 419. With the rise in the use of technology, there has been an increase in the number of plagiarism cases that have come before the Honor Committee. Every year more and more students are including un-cited Internet sources in their academic work, demonstrating the students’ lack of understanding of the principles of intellectual property and their underlying values. The Honor Committee sees cyber-plagiarism as one of the greatest concerns for academic integrity at George Mason. RSVP for the dialogue to

On Friday, April 8, there will be a plagiarism software demonstration and Q & A from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Innovation Hall, Room 135. Two of the primary vendors of plagiarism detection software— and—will provide short summaries of their services and then be available via teleconference to answer faculty questions.

In the same location, a faculty discussion forum will immediately follow the software demonstration, lasting until 12:30 p.m. Faculty and support staff from various units across the university will address different approaches to the problem of student cheating and plagiarism. The discussion will address central questions about the use of new technologies for cheating and for detection and prevention of plagiarism, as well as best practices and lessons learned in different academic units.

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