Day #141: Plagiarism + Giveaway

Coming up with a top 5 for the week...is going to be difficult.

I didn't really explain why my week has been so crappy, so I will try. I am supposed to graduate next week with a bachelor's degree in nursing. However, I had to write a paper that is worth a large part of my grade and my professor told me I plagiarized most of my paper. 

For the record, I did not plagiarize.

For example, she stated that this is plagiarized:

With the time it takes to talk through a patient care issue (with an emphasis on clinical requirements), or for the student to perform clinical skills, a preceptor with a student should be considered thee-quarters of a nurse (Omansky, 2010).

Now, you can see, from the citation at the end, I got this information from Omansky and the article was written in 2010. This is a citation. However, she states that the statement was plagiarized because my phrasing was too close to the authors and I am writing it as if it were my own thought. Throughout my research paper, I apparently plagiarized 8 times, however after each "plagiarized statement" I had a citation. In several instances, I even put "According to *insert author's name* and put the citation at the end. According to her, because I did not put the statement in quotes I was stealing the idea and making it my own. So instead of telling me I didn't cite correctly, she accused me of plagiarism and told me she could have me removed from the program.

Anyways, I was not plagiarizing. Instead of "dismissing me" from the program, she kindly gave me a 40% on the paper. Which put me at a 63% in the class...aka failing. She left me re-write the paper, with highest possible score I could receive being a 75%. She told me in an e-mail I had to get a 75% on the paper to pass the class.

She gave me a 74%

So, the graduate acceptance letter I received last week, could possibly be a moot point. I have to basically get 100% now on my final project and I won't know my grade until next week. Needless to say, I am having a hard time finding 5 things to be happy about...

However, I will try.

1. I was accepted into graduate school. That's an accomplishment, regardless of whether or not I fail this one class.

2. My husband cleaned the kitchen. I love him for that.

3. I will have time off from school after next week. I am hoping to make some more jewelry and start promoting my Etsy shop.

4. Speaking of my Etsy shop, I had a large order yesterday for 6 bracelets.

5. After today, I will have 3 days off to spend my friends & family.
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  1. I greatly despise all the stuff I feel is pointless in writing a paper. Like why does it matter how you cite a source as long as you do it somehow. And with so many different ways to cite etc it gets confusing ...for me anyways!! I totally agree with you that you did not plagiarize. You clearly show this is someone else work..and where you got it from etc. It is stuff like this that I ALWAYS end up getting counted off on papers for. I am working on one that I have to have certain number sources with all these creation other guidelines...UGH Makes me sooo mad!
    I am SO sorry this has happened to you!!! I am saying a prayer for you right now and will continue to do so. I have faith and beleive you are going to pass that exam!!
    Anyways, Sorry for such a LONG comment!

  2. She was kind of being a hard *ss, but she was technically correct. You need to either quote directly or paraphrase. Paraphrasing is as much art as science.

    You have a couple of alternatives here.
    1) Appeal to the teacher one more time, calmly and professionally. Point out that this is a technical error, not an attempt to be dishonest, and that this course is required in order to begin your program in the fall. Offer to work with the writing center on whatever she wants in order to learn how to correctly paraphrase before you start your program.
    2) Take your correspondance to the department chair and ask her to reconsider the harshness of the treatment. Explain the situation calmly and professionally, pointing out that this is a technical error, not academic dishonesty.
    3) Take the course again this summer so that you can start your program on time.
    4) Take the course in the fall in parallel with starting your program. If the new school won't let you start without a degree transcript, see if they will let you start on a provisional status while you retake the course. They've accepted you already based on your prior work, so in general they are willing to allow you to start as long as you complete the requirements in a timely manner.

    I'm an expert on higher ed (PhD, senior administrator at a major state university) so feel free to email me offline for assistance in how to handle all this. rebecca at grownupplus dot com

  3. I would love to win the ad space, i think, most. but who really cares... right? This should be about you. Hang in there you sounds like you've hit a small speed bump on an amazing road to success.

    Thank you so very much for joining us for An Aloha Affair last week. How sweet it was to end the month together.

    Our beautiful December team has gathered and we are so excited to invite you to join us for... An Aloha Affair. Come mingle and grow with us, you are always welcome. Always.


  4. I agree that you didn't cite it correctly--but you can also tell that your intention wasn't plagiarism. That's such a bummmer. Some professors really have the attitude of looking for something they can find wrong and then giving the maximum punishment!

  5. Hey Chelsea!
    I know where you're at and how frustrated you're feeling. I have been there before. Clearly, Rebecca above knows her stuff and has some great suggestions for you. In the end, (from personal experience) things will work out. I just don't know how it ends up working out but it always does. Esther Norine Designs

  6. So sorry to hear your professor was so picky about the paper! Hope it all works out for you. I am not fussy, but a Target gift card would be nice!


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