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Who Is Punished for Plagiarism?

By Scott Jaschik

Panagiotis G. Ipeirotis has taken down the controversial blog post, but the debate is raging on without the original material.

Ipeirotis, a computer scientist who teaches at New York University’s Stern School of Business, wrote a post on his blog last week called “Why I will never pursue cheating again.” In it, he told the story of how he found that about 20 percent of a 100-person class had plagiarized — and described the fallout from his accusations. While Turnitin led to his initial suspicions, and gave clear evidence for some of the students, it only cast doubts on other students. Many of them confessed only when Ipeirotis told the class that if he didn’t hear from those who had cheated, he would report the incident immediately — whereas in the end he included in his report the information that students had admitted what they had done.

So why does Ipeirotis consider the experience a failure? His students became antagonistic, he wrote on the blog post, and gave him lower teaching evaluations than he had ever received before. And those poor teaching evaluations were cited in a review that resulted in the smallest raise he had ever received.

Continued at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/07/22/nyu_professor_s_blog_post_sets_off_debate_on_plagiarism

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