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How to prove you are not guilty of plagiarism

On Behalf of | May 16, 2022 | University Disciplinary Proceedings

Writing is a significant part of the academic experience. Composing and turning in papers remains common for most classes.

Universities have solid reasons for never tolerating plagiarism. Any student facing accusations of copying could suffer suspension or expulsion, including you. Fortunately, there are strategies for improving the odds of having the charge dropped.


Never admit you are guilty of plagiarism unless it is true. The person to whom you issue a denial will likely be a witness during a disciplinary hearing. Under questioning, this individual should confirm your reaction and support your claim.


Send a detailed email to your professor explaining your innocence. Attach a list of sources along with a rough draft of your report. Suggest possibly rewriting the paper in place of disciplinary action.


The teacher may refuse to accept your offer instead of a hearing. In this case, demand that you have the opportunity to present an oral defense. Speaking in front of the board allows you to put your mastery of the topic on display.

The odds are decent that a plagiarism identification program falsely flagged your work. Suggest trying other plagiarism checking devices, which may have different results.

Get into the habit of saving alternate versions of papers as you write. Bring various drafts of the paper facing scrutiny with you to your hearing. These copies should be professionally bound for distribution to the disciplinary board members.

Escaping an allegation of plagiarism requires significant effort. By following the right path, though, you can clear your name.