There are two common consequences for students who plagiarize on school assignments. The first is to have the student redo the assignment that was plagiarized. In many cases, the student will be docked a percentage or letter grade on their redone assignment. The second, harsher, consequence is to simply have the student fail the assignment. This is more common in institutions of higher learning and in upper level high school courses.
Certain factors must also be taken into account when determining the consequences for plagiarism. An article written in the Journal of Social Work Education entitled "Responding to Plagiarism in the School of Social Work: Considerations and Recommendations" addresses these various factors. One mentioned factor is the level of seriousness of the plagiarism must be considered. The various levels-minor, moderate, and severe-should reflect the degree of the consequence. Minor examples would be a student who unknowingly plagiarized or failed to cite his/her resources properly. Moderate examples include semi-awareness, large amounts of paraphrasing without citations, or direct duplication from another student, website, or printed source. Severe examples include students who are fully aware of their infringement, who copy large amounts of work word for word, or who purchase papers or pay students to complete assignments. The consequences Collins and Amodeo mention range from rewriting of the plagiarized assignment for minor infringements to expulsion for severe infringement(Collins & Amodeo 535). While all instances of plagiarism are wrong, each consequence should be appropriate for the crime committed.