Ethics:The Case of plagiarized Paragraph

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Throughresearch and advanced studies, many works, findings, and theorieshave been developed by individuals. However, most students andprofessionals have a tendency of using these works, findings, andtheories without recognizing the people who developed them. In mostcases, you will find students developing their papers using otherpeople’s works and failing to cite these people. When someone failsto recognize the source, it is interpreted to mean the person ispresenting the work as if it is his/hers, even in the professionalfield. This paper discusses plagiarism and how it violates theethical responsibility of psychology professionals and students. Thepaper also gives a practical scenario by paraphrasing a paragraphfrom an article, “Disruptivestudent behavior in a college classroom: the case of the solemutineer.”


MarcusPerez was 57 years old and generally a friendly person but has beentold that sometimes he could be a bit too direct and forthright attimes. He was not one to let anyone walk-over him and he spoke hismind(Johnson, &amp Tokle, 2016).Most of his students liked him and he generally received aboveaverage ratings for his teaching. He would be quick to point out thathis teaching evaluations would be higher if he was not one of themore rigorous graders in the college which was comprised ofapproximately 45 faculty (Johnson,&amp Tokle, 2016).He enjoyed his students and teaching but his number one goal was tohelp and challenge his students to perform at higher levels (Johnson,&amp Tokle, 2016).


Atthe time, Marcus Perez was aged 57 and was a friendly person.However, at times he would be too direct and forthright. Marcusalways spoke his mind and didn’t allow anyone to walk over him(Johnson,&amp Tokle, 2016).His students liked him and always gave him an above average rating.He always defended himself by pointing out that these ratings wouldbe higher if only he were not among the college’s rigorous graders.Since Marcus enjoyed his students and his teaching, his main goal wasnot only to help his students but also to challenge them to improvetheir performance (Johnson,&amp Tokle, 2016).


Itis the responsibility of the psychology students and professionals,as stipulated in the code of conduct not to take credit for someoneelse’s work, ideas and thoughts(American Psychological Association., 2002).There are different types of plagiarism according to the article,“ThePlagiarism Spectrum: Tagging Ten Types of Unoriginal Work.”Perhaps the most unnoticed form of plagiarism is the RSS Feed, whereone cites all the sources properly but the work contains totally nooriginal thought or ideas. In such a case, plagiarism violatesethical responsibility of psychology students/professionals.

Theadditional ethical concern in the field of psychology is theobservation that in the practical set up of studying someone’sbehavior and giving a diagnostic, a psychologist usually alludes toworks of others. Since there is no written form of the process of thediagnostic, does the diagnostic given qualify to be an original work?The psychologist reaches a conclusion by comparing results with theworks of others. If we treat this situation as plagiarism whathappens if the diagnostic is found to be wrong. Does the psychologistbare the full responsibility?


Inconclusion, plagiarism does not only occur in the school setting butalso in the practical setting or the workplace. Some forms ofplagiarism may go unnoticed. Since the code conduct, in the field ofpsychology, is against any form of plagiarism, it is theresponsibility of the students and the professionals to ensure thatthey do not violate the code of conduct.


AmericanPsychological Association. (2002). Ethical principles ofpsychologists and code of conduct. Americanpsychologist,57(12),1060-1073.

Johnson,M. A., &amp Tokle, J. G. (2016). Disruptive Student Behavior in aCollege Classroom: The Case of the Sole Mutineer. Journalof Case Studies,34(1),73-87.

ThePlagiarism Spectrum: Tagging Ten Types of Unoriginal Work.