The advent of the internet has had a profound impact on the rate of student plagiarism. From high school to graduate school and beyond, the impulse to copy and paste a sentence here and a paragraph there has only grown over the last few decades. This week, Takeaway partner The New York Times discovered that even senators aren't immune.
The Times found that Senator John Walsh, a Democrat from Montana and a decorated Iraq War veteran, plagiarized a significant portion of his master's thesis—a paper required to receive his advanced degree from the United States Army War College, in 2007. The college is now conducting a full investigation.
Louis Bloomfield, a professor of physics at the University of Virginia, had to conduct a plagiarism investigation of his own, back in 2001. He uncovered an extensive network of cheating and plagiarism in his lecture class by students under UVA's well-known honor code.
Bloomfield describes how the advent of the internet and plagiarism has changed students' writing, and how he maintains high ethical standards in his classroom.