By Jorge Washington
On March 26, Students Constantly Altering Papers (SCAP) had their third writing workshop entitled: How to Successfully Submit Plagiarized Papers.
Club President junior Ron Weasley founded the club his freshman year and has been running it ever since. “Yeah, I didn’t really try too hard in high school. So in college I thought to myself: how can I continue that? That’s how SCAP was born,” he said.
SCAP holds weekly meetings in the library where students can exchange papers or help each other look up sources to plagiarize online. Every month they have a workshop to help improve plagiarizing skills.
Weasley says that SCAP is open for everyone. “Sometimes life gets busy, and you’d rather not do that lab for class so you can stop by in a meeting and pick up a prewritten lab report. Or if you don’t ever like to do work at all, you can come weekly to get your work done,” he said.
The club has a wide variety of members from athletes to Presidential Fellows and everyone in between who are all extremely ambitious about continuing to be lazy.
The Honor Board was first alerted of SCAP when it began to gain steady membership in its first year. Junior Hermione Granger, chairperson, has been trying to figure out what they’re doing wrong.
She said, “Typically we hear cases that deliberately disobey the Honor Code, but the club technically isn’t going against it… they’re being honest about being dishonest. It’s frustrating.”
The Honor Code, which every student signs and learns about in their years here, states that students must live under “rules of civility”, and, as the website states, “Students are expected to treat others with respect, dignity, and understanding.” According to Weasley, this is exactly what SCAP is doing.
“We respect other people’s hard work. So we take it and use it with complete understanding that we’re doing so,” Weasley said.
Being that the original creators often attend meetings and willingly give others their work, it falls into the category of intellectual exchange. Since all the papers were written by WC students, they’re fostering a sense of community inside their club.
The sense of community gets even smaller with several Honor Board members frequently attending SCAP meetings. Among those is junior Neville Longbottom. “Technically it’s not wrong, right? I mean, I take my work and just heavily compare it to someone else’s. Nothing wrong with that,” he said.
Both Weasley and Granger remain positive that the situation will be resolved in their respective favors.
“Eventually, we’ll sort it out,” Granger said. “I’ve begun to look through everything thoroughly, and I’m certain I’ll find a loophole somewhere.”
Weasley doesn’t plan on being offensive about it. “As long as we have members, I’m not really concerned. People are always going to be lazy, so SCAP is always going to be the club for them.”
Students interested in donating or finding a paper can attend SCAP meetings on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the library.
Notice: This article is a part of the annual April Fool’s edition. None of the information in this article is true.