An Analysis of Student Privacy Rights in the Use of Plagiarism Detection Systems

TitleAn Analysis of Student Privacy Rights in the Use of Plagiarism Detection Systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBrinkman, B
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume19
Issue3
Pagination1255 - 1266
Date Published9/2013
ISSN Number1471-5546
Keywordseducation , Internet , plagiarism , Privacy , Privacy and Surveillance
AbstractPlagiarism detection services are a powerful tool to help encourage academic integrity. Adoption of these services has proven to be controversial due to ethical concerns about students' rights. Central to these concerns is the fact that most such systems make permanent archives of student work to be re-used in plagiarism detection. This computerization and automation of plagiarism detection is changing the relationships of trust and responsibility between students, educators, educational institutions, and private corporations. Educators must respect student privacy rights when implementing such systems. Student work is personal information, not the property of the educator or institution. The student has the right to be fully informed about how plagiarism detection works, and the fact that their work will be permanently archived as a result. Furthermore, plagiarism detection should not be used if the permanent archiving of a student's work may expose him or her to future harm.
DOI10.1007/s11948-012-9370-y
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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