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3Rs for Engineering Scholars: Responsibilities, Repercussions, and Remedies Associated with Professional Plagiarism

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Student Learning and Teamwork

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Engineering Technology

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25.18.1 - 25.18.22



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Susan H. Sarapin M.A. Purdue University

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Susan Sarapin is a doctoral candidate in Purdue University's Brian Lamb School of Communication Division of Media, Technology, and Society. She studies the effects of TV viewing on the public's perceptions of and attitudes toward crime, criminals, and the justice system. This extends to the exploration of persuasion in the courtroom and the lay public's understanding of scientific concepts, statistics, and techniques. Sarapin intends to combine teaching, research, mentoring undergraduate and graduate research, and consulting activities.

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Marilyn A. Dyrud Oregon Institute of Technology

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Marilyn Dyrud is a Full Professor in the Communication Department at Oregon Institute of Technology and regularly teaches classes in business and technical writing, public speaking, rhetoric, and ethics. She is part of the faculty team for the Civil Engineering Department’s integrated senior project. She is active in ASEE as a regular presenter, moderator, and paper reviewer. She has also served as her Campus’ Representative for 17 years, as Chair of the Pacific Northwest Section, and as section newsletter Editor. She was named an ASEE Fellow in 2008, and two years later received the McGraw Award. Currently, she is on two division boards, Engineering Technology and Engineering Ethics, and serves as Zone IV Chair. In addition to ASEE, Dyrud is active in the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and the Association for Business Communication, serving on the editorial boards of two journals and editing a teaching section for ABC’s pedagogical journal.

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Marvin I. Sarapin Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Marvin Sarapin is professor and Computer Graphics Technology Department Head at Purdue University, West Lafayette. He currently serves as Editor of the Journal of Technology Studies, the refereed publication of the Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society for Professions in Technology.

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3Rs for Engineering Scholars: Responsibilities, Repercussions, and Remedies Associated with Professional PlagiarismEngineering and technology educators regularly augment and create the knowledge in their fieldsby presenting and publishing papers in academic journals and conference proceedings. Indeed,these activities are critical as faculty seek tenure and promotion. In today’s highly competitiveacademic environment, colleagues must devote considerable time to identifying important topics,developing manuscripts, and submitting work for publication consideration—all in addition toteaching and/or research duties.Much has been written about student plagiarism, particularly since the advent of the Internet andthe ease of cutting and pasting. Recently, however, a growing body of literature addresses theproblem of professionals who pilfer the intellectual property of others and claim it as their own.In addition to celebrated cases, such as historian Stephen Ambrose, the less renowned alsoviolate academic integrity, posing an ethical morass for journal reviewers and editors.This paper and presentation will explore questions such as the following: • What are the major problems editors discover in manuscripts? • How frequently do they occur and why do authors resort to plagiarism? • Who is responsible for detecting the malfeasance, and when discovered, what corrective or punitive steps should be taken and by whom? • What can academic journal editors do to prevent such unacceptable conduct? • What are the consequences of such careless and unethical behavior? • What action should be taken if a plagiarized article makes it through the review process and into print?The authors, who serve in editorial capacities for technical journals, have encountered cases ofplagiarism and duplicate publications; they have real stories to share and real solutions to offer.

Sarapin, S. H., & Dyrud, M. A., & Sarapin, M. I. (2012, June), 3Rs for Engineering Scholars: Responsibilities, Repercussions, and Remedies Associated with Professional Plagiarism Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20778

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