The possibility of implementing plagiarism detection software across campus is figuring heavily into UNC’s efforts to reform the honor system.
At a meeting of the honor system task force Tuesday, members weighed the merits of digital plagiarism detection, with some expressing hesitation about the program’s flaws.
Morgan Abbott, vice chairwoman of the Honor Court, said she encountered Turnitin, the software being discussed for UNC, in high school and said it was problematic.
“It seems like almost every instance it was used in my high school it was disastrous,” she said, adding that the software sometimes recognized cheating when none had taken place.
The meeting centered on Turnitin, which scans tests, essays and other documents, and compares them with online resources and other students’ papers.