KU to Drop Anti-Plagiarism Tool

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The University of Kansas will no longer subscribe to a popular computer program designed to detect plagiarism.

Professors are criticizing the university's decision to end its subscription to Turn-it-in-dot-com. The program scans students papers and compares them to information found on the Internet and other periodicals.

The university has subscribed to the program for years. But in a recent e-mail, university officials said the subscription would not be renewed after it expired October third because of copyright concerns and the $22,000 cost.

Tim Miller, a religious studies professor, says academic dishonesty is a serious problem on the KU campus, and Turn-it-in-dot-com is one of the best tools available for detecting cheating.