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PSY 202 - Week 5 - DQ 3

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Read the scenarios below and answer the below questions.
Scenario 1
Sheryl is a single working mother, constantly striving to balance work, family, and friends. Recently, she enrolled in an
online bachelor’s degree program for Healthcare Administration to improve her situation in life. While doing research
for a final paper, Sheryl finds a very helpful article that states her own opinion exactly. Excited about her findings, she
cuts and pastes two paragraphs from the article into her paper. She changes some of the words in a couple of the
sentences and adds one more sentence of her own, and then she is ready to turn it in.
Scenario 2
William often works 40-60 hours a week for a finance company and has three small children. In order to be
considered for a promotion, William enrolls in the MBA program at Ashford, though it adds more responsibilities to his
busy schedule. Usually balancing his work schedule with his family and schoolwork is not a problem, but this week
has been an exception. All of his time has been devoted to preparing a presentation he will need to give at work. His
son’s team has made the playoffs and he plans to attend tonight’s game. On his way out the door, he realizes that he
needs to post his discussion for his class. Already running late, and knowing that his son is counting on him to be
there, William, in a moment of desperation, decides to simply copy word for word from his textbook and submit his
post without giving credit to his sources or adding his own analysis.
Questions
Would Sheryl’s actions be considered plagiarism under the Ashford University plagiarism policy? What about
William’s goals?
What should Sheryl and William do to be sure they are in compliance with the Honor Code?
Is William’s instructor likely to notice that he copied from the textbook?
What are some potential consequences of being caught plagiarizing?
Your initial response should be 150-200 words in length and is due by Thursday, Day 3. Respond to at least two of
your classmates’ posts by Monday, Day 7. (You must create one initial post and at least two responses, for a
minimum of three posts for this discussion.)
Would Sheryl’s actions be considered plagiarism under the Ashford University plagiarism policy? What about
William’s goals?
Yes Sheryl’s actions are considered plagiarism by Ashford’s policy. Because Sheryl did not cite the article that
she used in her paper and changed a few words to attempt to make it hers. With William he just fully broke the
rules turning in work that didn’t even have a small amount of his own opinion in it. All he did was find an article
and copy and paste it as his own work. As for his goals that he has for his future I feel they are good goals but
his actions regarding his school work is not a good way to start off his plan for success.
What should Sheryl and William do to be sure they are in compliance with the Honor Code?
I feel that Sheryl should have simply cited her work. Also she should have taken the time to write more of her
own feelings into the post to support the work that was cited. William should have learned to just manage his
time better to get the work done. Looking at his situation I am not aware if a teacher will accept a post that’s
completely not a students own work. Reading Ashford’s policy I believe that it is not accepted.

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Is William’s instructor likely to notice that he copied from the textbook?
If this instructor is familiar with all sites and work related to the class they teach they will be likely to notice that
it’s not his own work. Also looking at his previous assignments and the wording they may also be able to tell if it
is his own.
What are some potential consequences of being caught plagiarizing?
Someone who is caught plagiarizing may suffer many consequences that will affect their education. Some
universities may expel a student from school behind academic dishonesty. You also can be dropped from the
class or no receive the credit for that course. Also you may have to take that certain course over or be put on
probation by the school.

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