almost none offer help clearing O t h e r
( I can extend the due time for half an hour )
Write an convincing email apologizing to a professor for violating academic integrity policy and asking for another chance to rewrite the a paper, mentioning that this is my last semester to graduate and I do not have the option to fail this course and delay my graduation. Also, that I have clean record and I have not done it before and it was a mistake, and I did not mean to use someone’s else work in my paper.
Here are with samples you can just paraphrase:
To Whom it May Concern,
My name is (Name). It was recently discovered that on (Date) that I had (Describe Plagiarism).
This was an act of plagiarism. Though I wish I could claim this were an error on my part, I knew at the time that what I was doing was wrong. I then continued to cover up the plagiarism and take no action to correct the record in the time after I did it. The only failing was in my ethical judgment and, for that, all I can do is apologize.
I wish to first apologize to those I copied from (Identify by name if possible). It was wrong of me to use your work without permission and attribution. Your efforts deserve the recognition that I denied it. I recognize that this is likely hurtful for you, seeing your work misused in such a way and I am deeply sorry for that pain.
I also wish to apologize to the individuals that I lied to and misled, telling them that the work I had created was my own when I knew it wasn’t. You trusted me and expected honesty from me and I have let you down. I understand that my behavior has disappointed you and caused you grief, once again, I am sorry for that.
I deeply regret my actions. What I did was wrong and there is no excuse for it.
I should have better cited my sources and put forth more effort into creating original work. In the future, I will be much more cautious about my work, especially when it comes to using the work of others in it. Furthermore, I will be helping (officials) with this case by cooperating fully with any investigation, working to remove any plagiarized material and offering a full account of my plagiarisms, including both those already detected and any not yet found.
While I understand that there will be repercussions for my action and accept them, I sincerely hope that, with time and effort, I can move past these offenses to regain the trust of both those I harmed and others in my field. In the meantime, I wish to make myself available to those that I have harmed to contact me, ask questions and let me know how I can help them.
Thank you very much for your time and your consideration.
USING THE LETTER
Obviously, this letter isn’t going to work out of the box for anyone and at least some editing will be needed. However, it does do two things that most plagiarist’s apologies have failed to do.
First, it’s an apology that fulfills the requirements of an effective apology. Second, it includes all of the elements that are key to a plagiarism apology:
- Apologize to Those Copied: Apologizing to the people who had their work misused.
- Apologize to Those Misled: Apologizing to those who were lied to by the plagiarism.
- Take Blame for the Action: No attempt to divert blame or to say that the act of plagiarism was a mistake.
- Help in Clearing the Record: An offer to help fix the record and undo any damage.
- Acceptance of Consequences: An understanding that plagiarism carries penalties and that they are inescapable.
However, most plagiarism apologies omit most, if not all, of these things. Few apologize to both the people they copy and the people they lied to, even fewer take blame for their actions and almost none offer help clearing the record or accepting consequences.
In many cases, these ineffective apologies did more to drag out the scandal and dispute than to resolve it. For most plagiarists, taking ownership of their actions, admitting that they were wrong and avoiding excuses might be the most difficult path, but it is the shortest through the scandal.
I want to apologize for the plagiarizing on my last essay. I should never have purchased that essay off the Internet. I realize now that it would have been better for me to have written the essay and taken a bad grade than to have tried to cheat in order to get a good grade. Plagiarizing was an easy answer, but it was not the correct one.
I have learned a lot through my punishment. It was naive and juvenile of me to believe I could get away with buying my grades. I have learned a tough life lesson through this experience. From now on, I will always do the work myself and take the grade I deserve. Taking credit for someone else’s work is wrong. Although I knew this, I did not really think about this because I was compensating that person through paying. However, cheating is cheating and I was rightly punished.
I am very, very sorry for my actions. I will never do this again. I appreciate my education and your class. Thank you for not punishing me more severely. I look forward to continuing my work in your class. I hope that I will be able to work hard and raise my grade on my own, in spite of this black spot on my record.
First, let me state that I now understand just how serious plagiarism is. I admit that I was guilty of plagiarism in my term paper on Ernest Hemingway. As a first year student in the Creative Writing Program I began my studies with little concern about plagiarism because it seemed that any writing I would do in the program would be my original work. I didn’t realize I’d be doing research online for papers about my favorite authors like Hemingway.
Although my error was unintentional I can’t deny that it happened. The temptation to use well phrased sentences from an obscure online site outweighed my skill at writing my own. Please know that I’m here to learn. I know I’m lucky to be here. I’m breathless with fear at the thought that my mistake could ruin my academic future. I had no idea. To guard against even unintentional plagiarism in the future I’ve subscribed to an online plagiarism checking service through which I will submit all future papers for possible violations before turning them in.
Please accept my most sincere apology for a lapse in judgment and lack of experience at the beginning of my academic journey.
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