Faculty reluctance to report student plagiarism : a case study

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    Abstract: Internationally, student plagiarism is on the rise despite measures introduced by universities to detect its occurrence and to institute actions to prevent and address this practice. One of the reasons that may contribute to this problem is the reluctance of faculty to report student plagiarism. Through the medium of a disguised South African case study, this paper advances reasons to explain this oversight. Such reasons include psychological discomfort, opportunity costs, lack of procedural clarity, administrative bureaucracy and a prevailing culture of managerialism. Recommendations are furnished to faculty alerting them to practices of which they must be aware when intending to report student plagiarism. Recommendations are also proposed to university leaders and administrators with regard to leadership support for those who report student plagiarism, the development of clear policies and procedures, the reduction of bureaucratic red tape, support to students whose first language is not English and reflection on the institutional moral context within which students study.