Sadly, this isn’t a case of misappropriating individual sentences or quotes, or of failing to properly attribute a research source, but of using another person’s project—in its entirety—as one’s own. Sadder still is the fact that the original source of this ill-gotten project is a student in our summer COM4000 (Corporate Communication) class.
At this point, I have no further insight into the background of the situation, and thus lack knowledge of whether the project was knowingly or unknowingly provided to the COM4005 student. Accordingly, it is difficult to assess what remedial measures may require being taken. What is clear, however, is that the students involved should immediately step forward so that I can understand why this happened and determine an appropriate resolution.
As a former inmate, my inherent idealism has long since been tempered by real-life conditions, and I’ve reconciled myself to the fact that cheating—of one stripe or another—is apparently inevitable within academia. But it’s disconcerting nonetheless to realize that a creative class like COM4005—one that allows students to openly explore their interests and inclinations—has been compromised by the injudicious actions of one or two students.
Again, I ask that the students who are associated with this project contact me as soon as possible so that I can address the situation in a fair-minded and appropriate manner.”