Faculty Voices: What Causes and Can Prevent Plagiarism? Using Resources

Visual: Video opens to the opening title with the video series title, Faculty Voices: Walden Talks Writing, then the title, “What causes and can prevent plagiarism? Using Resources.”

Visual: The screen changes to show each speaker talking to the camera in their home offices. Each person’s name and college is listed as they speak.


Dr. Catherine Kelly, Office of Academic Support: Another strategy could be keeping in contact with the instructor. As an instructor, I always emphasize the importance of open communication, and if students are struggling with a certain part of the assignment, they should reach out to their instructor because sometimes confusion with an assignment can lead to issues with academic integrity. So, I'm sure, just in my experience, I would much prefer the student reach out to me with any questions or concerns about the content instead of just going ahead and making guesses, which can lead to mistakes, which can lead to potential issues with plagiarism.

Dr. Allyson Wattley Gee, College of Management and Technology: Teach them that this requires work and it requires skill and take your time and learn what is needed. And certainly, here at Walden, we have so many resources from the Writing Center that can give you the tools that you need.

Dr. Gregory Campbell, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Well, I think there are many strategies that a student can use to avoid plagiarism and to enhance their academic integrity. It starts with all of the resources that Walden provides to students. So I, in the foundation's courses, all of my doctoral  students—I encourage them to use the Writing Center. In the foundations course, I start out the first week, any assignments, any writing assignments, I encourage students to use the Writing Center. And I encourage them not to wait until they complete the whole assignment or the whole paper. When they write their first couple paragraphs, send it in to the Writing Center. I think it's important to build relationships, use the tools that Walton has, and it will increase your knowledge, skills, and ability as it relates to writing, plagiarism, and academic integrity.

Visual: The video ends with the closing title with the video series title, Faculty Voices: Walden Talks Writing and the Writing Center’s e-mail address: writingsupport@mail.waldenu.edu.