Responding to Plagiarism


In deciding how to respond to plagiarism, an instructor can begin by evaluating the reason for the plagiarism. In this context, some sources distinguish between deliberate use of someone else’s work and inadvertent improper use of citations or misconceptions about academic writing. The sources below provide advice on ways to respond to evidence of plagiarism. These usually begin by meeting with the student to discuss the situation and hear an explanation. If the instructor decides to proceed with the disciplinary process, students should be given information about the process and what will happen next. Instructors are advised to try to use this as a teaching opportunity and not take it personally or react emotionally. It may be helpful  to seek consultation. The disciplinary process begins with the instructor consulting with the Program Director about how to proceed.