- I'm doing a molecular microbiology masters degree.
I do lab practicals with two other students and after each one we have to submit a report on what we did.
One of my lab partners wasn't pulling his weight so I confronted him about it. I gave him one last chance to prove himself and told him to complete the lab report's introduction and e-mail it to me by the 3rd Dec. If he didn't then me and the other lab partner would submit a duel piece of work and he would have to submit his own separately.
He gave me his introduction section and I was happy.
My task was to do the discussion section of the lab report. I was background reading from a book when some of text looked familiar. I thought nothing of it until I came to spell-check and correct the lab-report before it's submission. This is when I realized that he had copied and pasted sentences from the book into his introduction section. I dug a little deeper and I have found out that the entire introduction section is just a big copy-paste job from two sources.
Now my dilemma:
The fact that he has plagiarised is abhorrent. The fact he lied to me is worse . To top it all, with the deadline today, I have no clue how I should go about this.
- -If I submit it with plagiarism then it could be picked up upon and the group would be penalized because of him. I would also be encouraging his behaviour as he thinks he'll get away with plagiarism...which, in a science subject, you cannot.
-If I change the introduction then he has effectively submitted nothing thus should not get credit, however I can't just do this to him as I have already told him that I was happy with his introduction (i.e. before I spotted the plagiarism). I can't tell him to write a whole lab report from scratch when the deadline is today....can i?
-If I tell the course co-ordinator then he might be excluded (which is fine by me ) however the co-ordinator could give him another chance. This is bad as me and Mr. Plagiarism are working on another lab project together. I don't want this friction between us on this project as he might deliberately sabotage it out of spite because I grassed him out.
So I am at a loss. What can I do? Any and ALL advice is appreciated.