Plagiarism is a form of theft

As this week was the final class of the Introduction to Ethics, it was very hurt touching especially when all the lecturers came in the front of the class and told us about their feelings. It was very emotional moment when Pro. Evangelos told us about one of his students who passed away because of cancer and I saw how much feelings can each one of us leave for each other without realizing it.In this week, we still had the discussion about the contemporary ethics including corruption, plagiarism, humanitarian intervention, divorce and torture were in the center of the discussion.

Today’s reflection will be about plagiarism as I am a student and it is very concerning topic for all of us. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or words of others and passing them off as your own. We can say that plagiarism is a type of intellectual theft. Plagiarism can take many forms, from deliberate cheating to accidentally copying from a source without acknowledgement. Plagiarism can have serious consequences, so it is important that we have to be aware of what it is, and how to avoid it.

Plagiarism can never be ethical in any situation and there are three main reason of being unethical.  Firstly, it is unethical because it is a form of theft. By taking the ideas and words of others and pretending they are your own, you are stealing someone else’s intellectual property. Secondly, it is unethical because the plagiariser subsequently benefits from this theft. Thirdly, a degree is evidence of its holder’s abilities and knowledge. If a student gains employment on the basis of a qualification they have not earned, they may be a risk to others.

In many universities, this act is very serious and students who are caught plagiarizing will be suspended from class and to some extent expelled from the university. As a student, to prevent plagiarism you must be true to yourself. If you need any help, ask from the other and never try to do the illegal works even in the young age. . In addition, learn how to summarize; paraphrase and use the proper cite sources. In this case you are safe from plagiarizing. Furthermore, think twice before you act something. Think whether plagiarizing will help you to get good results or ruin your good status. For me, honesty and self-respect is more important than getting the high marks by plagiarizing from others.

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