Plagiarism and Punishment??

I’m studying at home in a high school (outsourcing school), and I’ve recently plagiarised.
I’m not bad at writing, and I usually do it on my own, but sometimes I just rephrase a source when I am in a hurry and use this information in my essay. I had not actually known that this was plagiarism before recently.
This time, though, I had REALLY no time with physics and history, so my last essay… well, yes, we’ve received an email note that it was plagiarised, a really large percentage of it.
Mom went to talk to the principal, and the principal knows me well, I have a good reputation, so she told mom that she shouldn’t worry, and I just do not understand what I’ve done.
So, I don’t believe I am going to have REAL trouble, probably I will just need to rewrite it, but I do not know for sure.
I’m scared =/
What should I do?
What will happen? I’m so worried!
Thank you so much in advance…

6 Answers

  1. Don’t worry too much, just promise that you won’t do it again (and don’t do it again).
    Tell them that you understand it all now, and work to cover up for it.

    Iriny Iriny Answered
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  2. It’s nice that you’ve got “good reputation” but it doesn’t mean that you should be treated in a special way. Don’t be afraid, though, you won’t get kicked out I believe. You’ll just get a zero, and you’ll have to rewrite it.
    Also, not knowing how to reference the sources is a very lame excuse. Talk to your mom and ask her to explain it to you, how to avoid plagiarism and how to cite properly. Finally, if you have no time, as you claim, you may also consider rescheduling your studies.
    Talk to your mom about it, and try to use your time more efficiently.
    Deal with these problems and do not worry: it is unpleasant, of course, but see, it gives you stimulus to make changes. It’s a fortunate misfortune))

    David LL David LL Answered
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  3. I do not really believe that you did not understand the situation, but you obviously did not expect it to backfire this way. Well, now you know that plagiarism is a bad idea.
    Also, you should really consider learning about plagiarism – just google it if your parents and teachers cannot provide you with suitable materials. Google “how to avoid plagiarism” and choose a reliable site (for example, that of some university).
    It’s a good thing that this happened now and not in college, you’d have more trouble then.
    And do not hide behind your reputation! Admit that this is your responsibility (although your mom and teachers are responsible for never talking to you about plagiarism).
    So, yes, take the responsibility and learn from this situation.
    Honesty is not only a virtue; it also guarantees that you won’t be expelled or fired for dis-honesty.

    Anaya Anaya Answered
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  4. Don’t worry too much! Given the fact that you never knew about the problem, it is understandable.
    Still, in academic writing, plagiarism is unacceptable.
    So now you need to: calm down, take the responsibility, promise not to do it again, learn about plagiarism, and – never do it again! Good luck 😉

    CEO CEO Answered
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  5. Rephrasing is plagiarism as well if you do not use references.
    I think you need to research this. In a university, it won’t be tolerated.
    Your mom didn’t do too well in teaching you.

    Erica Erica Answered
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  6. I think you need to take responsibility. That’s right, promise not to do it again and do not hope that the next time they will be as forgiving.

    Anusika Anusika Answered
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