Okay, I am a senior in college, and will be graduating in May. For one of my major classes, we had to do a group project. There were 4 people in this group, and so we divided up the work equally. For this project, I did research on our subject matter, and did the powerpoint. 2 of the other girls did research as well, and then we sent all of our research to one girl to put into paper form. I didn't see the paper before it was handed in, as I've been in groups with this girl before, and thought that she would do a good job. A few weeks later, we all get letters from our teacher saying our paper was plagerized! I was shocked. I know that in college, plagerism is taken very seriously, and I was afraid I was going to be kicked out of college. The consequences that we have now is that I am getting a 0 on the paper, have to go to an honor code seminar, and will be put on probation with the school until I graduate. We also have to meet with the dean of our college, and it's really embarassing for me to sit in there with her, when I feel as if I'm not guilty of this charge. The 0 on the project is going to bring my grade down a letter grade, and this will be going on my background report, so it could possibly hurt me in getting a job. The thing that I find unfair is that I personally didn't plagerise. It was only one girl from our group, and the whole group is getting blamed for this. I've told my teacher that I didn't write the paper or have anything to do with it. I really don't know what to do about this situation, or how to make it better, and am having a hard time just accepting this since I personally didn't do it. I realize now I should have looked over the paper before it was turned it, but like I said I've done multiple projects with this girl, and it has always been fine. We have the option of appealing this decision, but that goes to a hearing, with a different panel of 'judges.' These judges could find that the consequences our teacher gave us were too light, and give us a 0 in the entire course. I'm so afraid of that happeneding as it will prevent me from graduating in May, and I will have to come back next fall for this one course. Does anyone have any suggestions??