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Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s words and ideas without crediting them and passing it off as your own work. Accidental plagiarism is when a person accidentally cites a wrong source or forgets to cite a source in the first place. Accidental plagiarism can also occur when someone doesn’t mean to, but paraphrases their source without trying to. Mosaic plagiarism is when a writer forgets to use quotation marks in their writing and their new sentence sounds like the original one but the original authors words have been replaced with a synonym. Direct plagiarism is when the writer copies and pastes the original authors work and tries to pass it of like they wrote it themselves. Self plagiarism is when you take your previous work and you put it in your current work.The legal punishments a person could face if they are facing charges of plagiarism are: if you made any money off of the original authors work, you have to give them that money because it’s their work. In extreme circumstances, according to an article written by Fine Law, “A man who faked his way into Harvard with fake test scores and scored scholarships and awards by plagiarizing essays was jailed for two years”. So if the crime is benefiting you academically, like getting accepted into a college, you can potentially face jail time.Common knowledge is the knowledge that the average person should know. An example of common knowledge would be that Rosa parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. Cryptomnesia is believing that your information is original and that you wrote it but in reality, you’re just remembering information that you’ve seen before. Your brain can trick you to think that your work is original but actually it’s plagiarism. Turnitin is a website that helps teachers check their students papers for plagiarism. A teacher could use it on a students research paper of they’re suspicious of the student plagiarizing the paper. If a student gets caught cheating or plagiarizing a test or paper, the first time the consequences could be: getting a zero on the assignment, an academic referral, and the issue will be brought to the attention of the students parents. The second time it happens, the student will receive a zero, an academic referral, they will have to sign an academic contract, and have a conference with the dean. The third time it happens, the students will get an academic referral, they will receive a zero for the entire quarter, the student gets suspended and the school has the choice on wether or not to expel them.  I think this policy is more than fair because it gives the student three chances to redeem themselves.I think that some students cheat because they feel they can’t do the work good enough themselves. Other students might cheat just for the sake of saving time and being lazy. AMHS students might cheat because some just do not care about their grades or wether they get caught or notSome concerns that a student might have is wether or not they will get expelled or if the teacher is going to notify their parents. If they get caught, their best plan is to be honest with the teacher and accept the consequences because if they aren’t honest and the teacher saw them cheating, then their consequences could be worse. I think that to avoid any type of plagiarism, before you submit, run your essay through a plagiarism checker online. Also, before you  research your question, try to answer it in your own words or avoid accidentally taking the words of someone else.  I think the rules against plagiarism should be taught in 6th grade. At the start of middle school is when the teachers start to assign essays and research papers so plagiarism becomes a possibility. 

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