How Students Perceive Plagiarism

Renee Swensen

Renee Swensen
Professor of English, Saddleback College

Turnitin's Plagiarism Spectrum identified the ten most common types of plagiarism and then elicited instructor feedback on the frequency and severity of these types. But do students agree? Do they see these types as acts of plagiarism? And is there a disconnect between what they believe and what they do in regard to plagiarism?

This webcast examines the results of a Turnitin survey of over 1800 students conducted in late 2012. We also share key findings about how students view plagiarism and discuss the implications of these survey results for educators.


Renee Swensen is a Professor of English at Saddleback College and has been teaching writing for 15 years. She collaborates with K-12 teachers developing curriculum to bridge the gap between high school and college in reading, writing and grammar. Renee creates the professional development webinars for Turnitin, emphasizing how instructors can innovatively teach students about plagiarism.

Jason Chu is the Senior Education Manager at Turnitin. His focus is on working to build resources for educators, and his personal passion is to find better ways to enhance student achievement. He will be moderating this webinar.