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BORDERING Plagiarism

A student in your class needs to travel during one week of the course and will not have access to a computer during the trip. She wants to complete her assignments ahead of time. She asks you for permission to give her conferencing program User ID and password to her husband so that he can post the assignments for her while she is gone. In addition to submitting the assignments, her husband begins to post responses and asks questions of other students in the class. What are some of the issues associated with her request? How do you handle this situation?

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The situation above could probably be considered cheating, which is just my opinion, but when you honestly think of the number of students who depend on their spouse's assistance to make it through school, the likelihood of something like this happening is very strong. When I think back on some of the courses that I've taken, I do remember having a classmate who talked about having their husband complete readings for assignments. He would highlight significant talking points of the readings for them to present and complete all of the research for papers. Everyone in the class knew, but it really didn't bother any of us. However, if the student hadn't informed our class that she was receiving her husband's help, it would have been quite difficult to determine who was doing her work because this student in particular was a naturally eloquent speaker and writer.

When I think about my own schizophrenic writing, where sometimes it can ...

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A student in your class needs to travel during one week of the course and will not have access to a computer during the trip. She wants to complete her assignments ahead of time. She asks you for permission to give her conferencing program User ID and password to her husband so that he can post the assignments for her while she is gone. In addition to submitting the assignments, her husband begins to post responses and ask questions of other students in the class. This excerpt explains whether or not this student was in violation of academic policy and if the situation should be deemed plagiaristic.

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