What do you and Shia LaBeouf have in common?
Probably more than you’d think.
Shia’s been present in a UAL lecture (which you can read more about here), and he’s also been accused of plagiarism, which is something that can sometimes happen to students, and is particularly bad (especially if you have been wrongly accused).
Although Shia’s attempts of apologising for plagiarism by plagiarising a Yahoo! Answers post from four years ago has been called ‘Meta-modernist performance art’ and has been praised by his co-stars, it’s unlikely that James Franco will be writing open letters celebrating your accused essay anytime soon. So what can you do if you find yourself in that situation?
Well, the SUARTS Advice and Support team are great at guiding students through the University’s Academic Misconduct process, especially as they are independent from the university. You can click here to visit their page on the SUARTS site, and contact them directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or even visit the drop-in service that runs from 10am-12 noon Monday to Friday (although this is often very busy, so the team recommend you contact them to arrange an appointment).
Even if you’ve not been accused of anything, it’s always worth keeping them in mind in case it does happen in the future, at least to avoid walking around with a paper bag on your head that reads ‘I am not writing essays anymore’.