Why is Plagiarism Such a Big Deal?
Plagiarism is essentially theft and fraud committed simultaneously. It is considered theft because the writer takes ideas from a source without giving proper credit to the author. It is considered fraud because the writer represents the ideas as her or his own.
Plagiarism is cheating, a serious form of academic dishonesty punishable by the university.
Plagiarism can be illegal, and a violation of Unites States copyright laws.