Q. Which would you prefer? (circle only one)
1. Discovering that your beloved colleague plagiarized.
2. Discovering that your beloved colleague fabricated data.
3. Discovering that your child plagiarized.
4. Discovering that your child fabricated data.
5. Having all of the above happen, but go undiscovered by you.
I just read about a couple of academics who plagiarized and fabricated data. Each got a slap on the wrist and some bad publicity.
I get it. People want to get ahead. The former Yale football coach Tom Williams might never have been the Yale football coach if he hadn't lied numerous times on his job application. So he took a chance and lied. It paid off for him because he can now say he was the Yale football coach. Even if nobody ever hires him to coach, he can still make a good living as a Born-Again business speaker, ESPN commentator, commencement addressor, or methadone counselor.