Retribution, deterrence and reform : the dilemmas of plagiarism management in universities

Sutherland-Smith, Wendy 2010, Retribution, deterrence and reform : the dilemmas of plagiarism management in universities, Journal of higher education policy and management, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 5-16, doi: 10.1080/13600800903440519.

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Title Retribution, deterrence and reform : the dilemmas of plagiarism management in universities
Author(s) Sutherland-Smith, WendyORCID iD for Sutherland-Smith, Wendy
Journal name Journal of higher education policy and management
Volume number 32
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 16
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-02
ISSN 1360-080X
Keyword(s) criminal law
critical discourse analysis
media discourse
plagiarism management
university policy and process
Summary Universities face constant scrutiny about their plagiarism management strategies, policies and procedures. A resounding theme, usually media inspired, is that plagiarism is rife, unstoppable and university processes are ineffectual in its wake. This has been referred to as a 'moral panic' approach (Carroll & Sutherland-Smith, forthcoming; Clegg, 2007) and suggests plagiarism will thwart all efforts to reclaim academic integrity in higher education. However, revisiting the origins of plagiarism and exploring its legal evolution reveals that legal discourse is the foundation for many plagiarism management policies and processes around the world. Interestingly, criminal justice aims are also reflected in university plagiarism management strategies. Although universities strive for deterrence of plagiarism in a variety of ways, the media most often calls for retribution through increasingly tougher penalties. However, a primary aim of the justice system, sustainable reform, is not often reported in the media or visible in university policies or processes. Using critical discourse analysis, this paper examines the disjunction between media calls for increased retribution in the wake of moral panic and institutional responses to plagiarism. I argue that many universities have not yet moved to sustainable reform in plagiarism management.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13600800903440519
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio Economic Objective 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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