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New Perspectives on Plagiarism: A More Humane Approach to Teaching and Addressing Source Use

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
10:30 am–11:45 am
Kuykendall 106 Events Room

The word “plagiarism” evokes fear in students and a range of emotions connected to having to police students’ writing in faculty. For college students, integrating sources into academic texts is often one of the most challenging aspects of learning to write, and many are unsure how to accomplish this without committing the crime of plagiarism. But this doesn’t have to be the case.

The presenters will provide a brief overview of the complexities of defining plagiarism and then introduce a more humane approach to teaching and addressing source use. When instructors present source use as a pedagogical opportunity, they take on the role of mentor rather than police, and students become apprentices into a new way of writing.

In this workshop, participants will examine the UH student code of conduct and reconsider how plagiarism is framed in the academy and in their own teaching. They will review their syllabi and draft a new plagiarism policy for their courses. Participants will then discuss practical activities that integrate a process approach to teaching source use and support student development as academic writers.


Kenny Harsch
Retired, former ELI Director, Undergraduate Coordinator, Second Language Studies

Betsy Gilliland
Associate Professor, Second Language Studies

This event is cosponsored by the OFDAS Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the General Education Board Writing Intensive.