I submitted ten papers to my advisor based on her assignment within one year, approximately, every two or three weeks, I handed in one paper to the advisor. Unfortunately, owing to my negligence, the eighth has plagiarism, the advisor kept silent, two weeks later, I submitted the ninth within the same problem, but advisor still did not contact me. Another two weeks, I emailed my tenth, also the last paper with plagiarism to advisor. After that, my advisor notified me to go to her office where she told me that my last three papers have plagiarism and she already filed a complaint against me to Faculty of Graduate Studies at University... I was stunned on the spot. Please ask, could my advisor do in academic procedure( without telling the student ahead of time then directly made a report to Faculty of Graduate Studies?

  • Rules vary between institutions, and we don't know whether yours allows this; you'll have to consult its regulations. Certainly it wouldn't be unusual for this to be allowed, or even required. Sep 2, 2017 at 6:28
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    Oh, please. Plagiarism is not "negligence". It is a deliberate act of deception. So you, the deceitful cheat, want to know if your advisor acted in bad faith? You're a hypocrite as well as a cheat. Sep 2, 2017 at 9:02
  • Even if you didn't commit plagiarism, working in a group where each student pumps out a paper every two weeks is going to be bad for your career. This is a screwed-up situation all around.
    – Mad Jack
    Sep 2, 2017 at 14:27
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    @MadJack I assume this is "paper" in the sense of "essay which will be graded" rather than "article to be submitted for publication". Sep 2, 2017 at 17:20
  • @DavidRicherby Ah yes, that would make more sense.
    – Mad Jack
    Sep 2, 2017 at 18:58

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I am sure you have been told that plagiarism is a punishable offense the moment you enrolled. He/she is just following university procedure.

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    I appreciate prompt comments from keen readers; the scenario I described is I am a Ph.D. student in History. My advisor assigned me to write a series of historiographic papers, but these papers are not marked, that is say, the grade of my qualified candidacy exam is completely based on my written test, no any connection with the previous written papers whereas the last three papers have plagiarism; in such a context, I felt that way my advisor dealt with has malicious motive.
    – peik
    Sep 2, 2017 at 18:02
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    @peik Seriously, get over yourself. You cheated and you think the person who caught you has a malicious motive? You don't seem to have even the most basic understanding of what you've done. Sep 2, 2017 at 19:19

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