Of late I have seen a spurt of cases regarding self-plagiarism. The normal cases of plagiarism tend to focus around, copying of material, bad referencing or colluding, rarely do you see a case of self –plagiarism and the reason being Universities do not tend to throw the book at such cases. Self-plagiarism is not what most students think about when the issue of plagiarism arises. My experience has taught me that some students do not even understand what it is, or know that it exists.
My most recent case was referred to a formal hearing before the Senate Committee. The Investigating Officer’s investigation involved only looking at some Turnitin reports…that was the extent of the investigation…..
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