The University of Iowa

Plagiarism Isn’t Just an Issue for Students


Everyone is appalled at reports of rampant cheating among high school and college students, primarily by cutting and pasting from the Internet without providing citations. There are situations in real life where an individual suffered serious consequences for plagiarizing work. Many schools incorporate such scenarios in character education programs. The lessons encourage students to examine the actions of those who claimed someone else's work as their own, as well as the actions of those who reported the incidents. The message for children and adolescents is that plagiarism is unacceptable, and knowing about but not reporting forms of cheating is just as wrong. In this article, the author illustrates through a scenario why educators often do not uphold these same standards when confronted with "cheating" among their colleagues. She suggests that as professionals and adult models, educators need to be more diligent about honoring the work of colleagues in their field. She concludes that educators are stewards of the trust and respect afforded their profession, so copyright cannot be approached as a matter of personal choice or something that applies only to students.


Reed, D. K. (2011). Plagiarism isn’t just an issue for students. Journal of Staff Development, 32(1), 47-49.

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