Causes of Plagiarism:

  • "Students may fear failure or fear taking risks in their own work."
  • "Students may have poor time-management skills or they may plan poorly for the time and effort required for research-based writing, and believe they have no choice but to plagiarize."
  • "Students may view the course, the assignment , the conventions of academic documentation, or the consequences of cheating as unimportant."
  • "Teachers may present students with assignments so generic or unparticularized that students may believe they are justified in looking for canned responses."
  • "Instructors and institutions may fail to report cheating when it does occur, or may not enforce appropriate penalties."(Council of Writing Program Administrators)