Got accused of PLAGIARISM on a midterm and final exam HELP!?





I have never committed any act of academic dishonesty. I honestly study by mere memorizing and regurgitating. So I basically memorized excerpts from the book and terms from the Internet that I thought we should know for the exams word for word and then put those answers on the exams. I did it honestly not KNOWING that you could even plagiarize on an exam. I plagiarism applied to essays projects, and assignments done beforehand where people become lazy. For this exam I studied for weeks, I studied so hard. Plus, I'm not trying to disrespect the teacher. I know that the teacher knows its from a book, I just didn't know it was wrong. I subconsciously get engrossed in what I am studying and then regurgitate it. I know what plagiarism is, and I KNOW it is serious; however, I did not think it applied to this kind of context.When I told my teacher my explanation and ignorance, she seemed like she MIGHT or most likely report it although she didn't take it personally. I think she is trying to follow the rules. When I begged her not to she told me to relax since she believes they only give me a warning and a file for seven years on the first offense. I told her of my previous suspension and she said since they are unrelated that she's thinks (but isnt sure) that they will not suspend or expel me. I told her that the Dean of Judicial Affairs is not that understanding from my experience because that is her job. So she told me she would call generally to make sure first I wouldn't get suspended or expelled, but I wasn't completely sure.The problem is, I got suspended for something completely unrelated a few years ago for something completely unrelated to academics. It was a crime I had committed and it was intentional. However, the Dean suspended me and I have come back as a good student. I have not done anything intentionally wrong like this crime.I ask you to keep me in your prayers and to offer me some advice on what you think will happen. I plan to do a research paper on plagiarism and show my teacher I understand now what constitutes plagiarism in EVERY context imaginable. I will also write her another letter and visit her again.Question is, can I get expelled or suspended because of my previous judicial record although it had NOTHING to do with academics? Technically this is my first offense, and it was not something I even realized was wrong to do on an exam. If I had known I would have never done it and studied a different way.



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One Response to “Got accused of PLAGIARISM on a midterm and final exam HELP!?”

  1. hematothorax says:

    I’m not sure about the suspension/expulsion issue, since that varies by schools. However, I do have a suggestion for your study habit. Next time, instead of regurgitating what you’ve memorized word-for-word, you should put it into your own words.Maybe when you memorize these things, you can write them down (before the test, while studying). Then, translate it all into your own ideas. Use the textbooks and whatnot to get the information, but only as a basis. Later, memorize what you’ve written down in your own words. Then you have something to write down from memorization if you need to, but you can also mentally recite the information and then write the ideas, without the word-for-word issues.