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Old 04-08-11, 03:12 PM
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Forgot to hand in reference page with my university essay.

Because of this, I am screwed. I suffer from severe ADHD and anxiety issues, as well as bipolar disorder, and I currently seeing 2 psychiatrists for this and trying to get my medication figured out. My teacher was handing back essays and all the peoples whos names she did not call, she sent there papers do the dean because she suspected plagiarism. Yeah so my name was one of the ones that did not get called and literally I am freaking out. I have exams all this week, I am off basically all my medication and then this happens to me. Honestly I had absolutly no intent to plagiarize my essay, I reviewed it very carefully and cited my sources in the right manner. I am so distressed right now I cant go anywhere without crying. The consequences at university are so severe for plagiarism and know I feel that my future is over and am questionning why I should even bother to keep trying if I have lived through 19 years of constant error and forgetfullness and embarassment. I feel as if the only way I would of plagiarized would have been forgetting to include the sources cited page with my essay. If being so, I am fine with her failing me in the course or assignment i just dont want this on my academic record, I have struggled in school for my entire life, and after being able to earn a scholarship for university I finally felt successful for once. This plagiarism thing will destroy me if its the case. I did NOT copy others ideas, I dont know why this is happening. Is there anyway to justifiy thing if I end up accidentally plagiarising, because my psychiatrists understand what I am going through and that its severe. I have attempted suicide and been hospitalized for my issues, and university is all that I have, and I dont want it ruined...
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Re: Forgot to hand in reference page with my university essay.

wooah, hey. you just wrote a good paper. You have a lot to give so don't feel like you're future is over. Worrying in this situation is probably a good thing. It will motivate you to do what you need to do and you'll get through this. The key here is that you didn't plagiarize. Good for you. Its never as bad as it seems, you did the right thing so talk to your professors.

Most importantly. Call anyone you should call right now that will help you not do anything to yourself.
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Re: Forgot to hand in reference page with my university essay.

First of all calm down. Take a deep slow breath and chill out. Secondly, email your professor to schedule a conference or meeting so you can explain what happened and show them the reference page. Ask your psychiatrists about the situation and see what they think you should do too. That will help.

Also, I agree with Alliee, call someone to help you. It can be a friend, family member, a hot line, just have someone there to make sure your safe.
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Re: Forgot to hand in reference page with my university essay.

Wait a minute here. Does your school know about your ADD? I'm not sure about Canadian laws, but this is something that SHOULD be able to be worked out. I understand how important it is to a university to make sure students do not plagiarize. I understand your worry.

Did your professor ask you where your reference page was? It seems on the impulsive side of the professor if they didn't ask you first. I had a professor who basically accused me of cheating on an exam. He ended up apologizing to me, because he did not understand what had happened. He made a quick judgment call probably to cover his a**. This may have been what our prof did .

I think you need to get in touch with your professor as soon as possible. I think you need to tell them in the most calm of manners that you forgot to attach the works cited page.

I'm sorry you have to deal with this.

Good luck to you.
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Re: Forgot to hand in reference page with my university essay.

Absolutely. E-mail the works cited ASAP! Include in the e-mail a request to have a conference with the professor. It is possible that you will not get full credit for the essay, since you forgot to include an important component and the due date has past. However forgetting to include works cited and plagarism are two different issues. Is your university aware of your ADHD/emotionl problems? If not, I would contact the student disability office immediately. And if you are already registered with them, let them know what happened and seek their assistance. Good luck. Hang in there. This will work out!
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Re: Forgot to hand in reference page with my university essay.

thank you for the support, thankfully my parents are very understanding and are trying to do everything in their situation to help. I am very thankful for this. I did email my teacher about this concern and hope that she will have the integrity to reply. She is holding office hours on tuesday and will refuse to see anyone until then. She is the coldest ***** I have ever come across, but I will still be polite and reasonable in communicating with her because thats the only way anything will be resolved. The problem is that I am very anxious talking to her and might either freeze up or have a panic attack or cry while doing so. The last time I talked to her I was in tears because she refused to reschedual my exam when I had to attend my friends funeral... even though I am registered with Access Service, which accomodates students with disabilities and other problems. With them I have a registered medical certificate with my diagnosis of ADHD, anxiety and panic disorder on it by a psychiatrist. Hopefully that will help.
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Re: Forgot to hand in reference page with my university essay.

Universities wouldn't have to worry about plagiarism if they'd stop having students do busy work like writing papers.

If I want to write papers, I will take an English class. Everyone for the most part hates writing papers and it's 10 times worse for ADHD'ers because most of us are agraphic.
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Re: Forgot to hand in reference page with my university essay.

you made an honest mistake--you forgot to include the sheet. On tuesday, go in to see her with the sheet in hand and let her know. Apologize, briefly. Be cool--deep breathing, imagining her sitting on the toilet, whatever it takes. Anyone can make a mistake; she is human too.

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