Quebec universities see cases of plagiarism double

“Students gave the same answers everywhere, including the wrong answers.” The details of certain cases of plagiarism reported by Polytechnique Montréal sometimes make you smile, but they reflect a reality experienced by many universities, writes Marie-Eve Morasse for La Presse.

A request for access to information made by La Presse to all university establishments in the province of Quebec shows that several of them had to deal with a rising number of cases of plagiarism in 2020-21. Between March 2020 and June 2021, there were more than 500 cases of plagiarism reported at the Université de Montréal. All years are concerned, and while the cases reported mainly affect the faculty of arts and sciences, they exist in medicine, educational sciences and law. They range from using “unauthorised assistance” to “soliciting, offering or exchanging information during a review”.

“The number of cases of plagiarism has almost doubled,” said Louise Béliveau, vice-rector of student and academic affairs at Université de Montréal, where 82% of the courses are given in person this autumn. At Concordia University, where a “significant increase” from previous years was also seen, it is first noted that this is a trend observed around the world.
Full report on the Toronto Star site