You can go to jail for plagiarism

Consequences of plagiarism

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Priska Flandorfer. Updated October 20, 2020.

The consequences of plagiarism range from a warning from the university to a report in the course of a copyright infringement with criminal consequences.

The consequences of plagiarism can be explained very well using a famous example.

Famous example of the consequences of plagiarism

The Guttenberg plagiarism affair is one of the most current and well-known cases of plagiarism in German-speaking countries.

In the dissertation of the former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, plagiarism was found first independently of one another and finally through the joint efforts of several people.

The consequences of his plagiarism were:

  • Withdrawal of his doctorate
  • Advertisement due to copyright infringement in 23 text passages
  • Sentenced to a fine of 20,000 euros on a non-profit organization
  • End of his career as Minister of Defense due to his resignation

Consequences of plagiarism from the perspective of the university

We will now use excerpts from the study law of some universities to explain what can happen to you in the event of plagiarism.

  1. Lesson on correct scientific work
  2. Consequences under examination law
  3. De-registration or expulsion from the university
  4. Fine
  5. Withdrawal of academic degree

Lesson on correct scientific work

If no plagiarism is found in your thesis, but incorrect handling of sources, then you will be informed again about the correct scientific work.