Sample memo of referral
Case of plagiarism
To: [ ],
Dean of Students
From: [ ]
Date: [ ]
Enclosed you will find a term paper which was turned in as a class
assignment for [course title],[semester], by [student's name]. The work
struck me as being unlike the student's earlier papers, and portions of
the research sounded familiar. I did some checking and discovered that
the majority of the paper is lifted directly from [source] without
attribution. I have included the source, and have marked sample passages
on the term paper with their corresponding pages in the source. I have
also included a copy of the syllabus with my instructions on plagiarism,
and a copy of the assignment.
I did meet with the student on [date], and he/she stated that she did
copy the paper, but that s/he had been ill and was unable to complete
the assignment on his/her own. He/she appeared genuinely contrite, but
it seemed clear that he/she knew he/she should have given credit to the
According to your instructions, I have assigned the student a grade
of NR (no report) and am referring the incident to your office.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.