Coming back to the classroom environment at Valencia, if you understand that your professors think of plagiarism as literary theft, you can understand why plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and has such severe consequences. You are cheating yourself of the opportunity to learn. College assignments are meant to prepare you for the types of challenges you will meet in your personal and work lives. Everyone needs to be able to prepare and present a speech, whether you end up using the skill in sales calls, presentations to your colleagues, or toasting a friend at a wedding.
Watch a 3 minute video clip introducing plagiarism and intellectual property. (Note: for closed captioned version, select the Windows Media version of the clip from the drop-down menu underneath the video. Then click the icon on the right-hand side on the tool bar beneath the video to turn the captioning on.)