Student is accused of plagiarism... based on ONE word!
Plagiarism software is a bitch. You write out a whole 5,000-word essay and some bit of satanic software like Turnitin says you have stolen a load of it from another source.
Well, one student at the Suffolk University in Boston was told she had plagiarised on her assignment, based on just one word.
Latina sociology major Tiffany Martínez described in a blog post how she felt "disrespected and invalidated" when her professor handed her back a literature review and at the top, it read "please go back and indicate where you cut and paste."
After going through the paper to see which parts her professor was talking about, she found it to be just one word. What was that word?
That's right, 'hence'. Miss Martíez apparently plagiarised the word 'hence' when writing this review.
Understandably she was shocked, as the blog post lays out:
"My professor assumed someone like me would never use language like that. As I stood in the front of the class while a professor challenged my intelligence I could just imagine them reading my paper in their home thinking could someone like her write something like this?"
Miss Martínez runs her own blog, where she talks about all sorts of things, from Uni life, love, insecurities etc. She also writes poetry, so for a University professor to accuse her of 'not being someone who would write like this' is absurd, and she has every right to stand up for herself.
"In front of my peers, I was criticised by a person who had the academic position I aimed to acquire. I am hurting because my professor assumed that the only way I could produce content as good as this was to “cut and paste.” I am hurting because for a brief moment I believed them."