Why is Plagiarism Such a Big Deal?
Committing plagiarism diminishes learning: students take courses to understand the material, and plagiarizing does not foster the learning process. When someone plagiarizes, it is cheating oneself.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville issues academic credentials that represent personal achievement and integrity. Cheating in order to get a degree devalues the credentials that the university issues. Therefore, plagiarism is harmful to the university.
Plagiarism is cheating other students who worked to create their work in an honest manner.