Resubmitting a paper

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Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters

1. It shall be an offence for a student knowingly:

(e) to submit, without the knowledge and approval of the instructor to whom it is submitted, any academic work for which credit has previously been obtained or is being sought in another course or program of study in the University or elsewhere;

Wherever in the Code an offence is described as depending on "knowing", the offence shall likewise be deemed to have been committed if the person ought reasonably to have known.

Scenario – Resubmitting a paper

Your instructor has asked all students to write a research paper on various topics related to Criminology. Aware that you have already completed a paper on one of the approved topics listed in the course outline, you decide to use a paper that you previously submitted in another criminology course. This not only saves you time but you also remember that you received an exceptional grade on the paper. You decide to include a few additional paragraphs to the paper you previously wrote but fail to ask your instructor whether or not you are able to recycle your old assignment. You are confident that your sources are cited appropriately and similar to your previous course, you submit your assignment through a plagiarism detection software package.

The Issue

Students are not allowed to submit assignments for which credit has been previously received unless approval is given by the instructor. The purpose of enrolling in a variety of courses is to learn more about a discipline through a range of perspectives. If you simply re-submit your old assignment, you are not "learning" rather taking the easy way out of engaging in your studies. It is likely that you will be approached by the instructor since the similarity of this research paper to your previous assignment will be detected through plagiarism detection software programs.

Smart Strategies

  • Submitting an old assignment
  • Always ask your instructor for permission to use your previous assignment and to find out what is acceptable.
  • If you are truly interested in the topic selected, write the paper through a different perspective and approach the topic with new research questions to learn more about the subject matter.
  • Remember that work previously submitted through turnitin.com remains in the database.

Range of Consequences

For a discussion of consequences see Key Consequences.