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Student Slapped With Plagiarism Fine



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    If you're overwhelmed with college, plagiarism is not the way to go, as one college student in Connecticut discovered.

    Plagiarism can get students kicked out of school, and even put them into some deep debt. 

    The State Appeals Court has upheld a Waterbury Superior Court ruling against Watertown native Christina Duquette, a former graduate student at Central Connecticut State University.

    Courts ordered Duquette to pay $100 to Matthew Coster, and pay $26,000 in damages, after she was accused of using his paper, even though she denies it.

    In 2006, Coster was expelled from Central after the school accused him of copying Duquette’s paper on the Holocaust. Coster then filed a lawsuit to clear his name and showed evidence that Duquette actually copied his term paper. Waterbury Superior Court ruled that Coster was the original writer of the paper.

    Coster was later readmitted to the school.