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Beatnik (493)

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A 29 year old belgian who likes Mountain Dew, Girl Scout Cookies, Tim Hortons French Vanilla Flavoured Cappucinno, Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate, Belgian women, Magners Cider, chocolate chipped cookies and Perl. Likes snowboarding, snorkling, sailing and silence. Bach can really cheer him up! He still misses his dog.

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Journal of Beatnik (493)

Saturday May 31, 2003
05:10 PM

Plagiarism!

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For the past weeks, I suspected some professors in school use my perl material without crediting or mentioning me. Ofcourse they only teach it for about an hour but still, my name was on those slides and in that text and it is gone now. I mailed one of those professors three weeks ago and she denied she used large portions. I do believe her and I have only hearsay. Now I have discovered slides and text in the public directory of another professor that is clearly a rip. She cut in the slides and text but everything else is just the way it was... except for my name. It's all a rather delicat matter since I still officially have to graduate. Neither of those professors are taking exams from me but they are still in the grade meeting and still can turn things around when it turns out my grades are not sufficient. It's not like I earned any money out of that material but I can't really neglect it either.
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  • I'm not sure how school works in Belgium, but with Universities in the U.S., each department has a "Chair", i.e. a head of the department. There's one for Computer Science, Engineering, etc. If there's such a person where you're at, you may want to consider reporting it to him/her.

    Having been a teaching assistant at a University here in the U.S., I don't think I would include credits within slides I used to teach a class. There's a certain amount of elitism (if that's the right word) you want to mainta

  • At this point in time, getting on a professor/teacher's bad side--even if you're in the right and they're in the wrong--can cost you more than it can cost them. I'd let this one slide and move on. Or, if you must, mention it to the department head after you graduate.
  • Attack! (Score:4, Interesting)

    I say bring it before the dean, and don't let it be hushed up. (Personally, I'd insist on the faculty member being fired; you may want to settle for a shame-faced public apology.)

    Academics are fond of endlessly preaching about how student plagiarism is the worst thing since smallpox. I think we should apply the same approach to faculty plagiarism and see how they like "being made an example of".

  • How many slides were "borrowed"? Only one one or two or the whole course?

    Remember that after you've graduated, you'll still be the author of the text, after all. And also that "Les conseilleurs ne sont les payeurs" (sorry, don't know how to translate it correctly).

    • Well, the course I did last year had a 10 page introduction text, slides to go along (around 10 slides), a short reference text (2-3 pages) and some practical stuff... 'Their' material has one or two slides missing but everything else is just like it was in my version. They only had a one hour session about it, didn't even do the practical part and it won't be part of the finals... Doing the perl classes last year was a nice gesture but it took me more work to prepare that class than to prepare for the pra