Plagiarism is the ultimate sin among writing professionals and academics, including both teachers and students at colleges and universities. Somehow, however, there is a growing nonchalance about the practice that is disturbing.
At Southern Utah University there is evidence that students in an English as a Second Language program were allowed to plagiarize material for papers and tests without being held to account. Their teachers apparently did not report the violations and some did not even refuse to give a grade on a plagiarized paper.
That is inexcusable. Just as bad is that another instructor who reported the plagiarism and resigned, saying she was disgusted at the lack of action to prevent it and to punish those who practice or condone it, has now been accused of stealing plagiarized papers in order to shed light on the practice. She has been barred from the campus of SUU, a public university, though there is no legal authority to keep her away.