First, let me state that I understand the severity of plagiarism. However, my mistake was unintentional and I hope you can take my following account into consideration.
I am winded with fear at the possibility that my mistake could disrupt my academic journey. I had absolutely no idea that I submitted the wrong copy of the assignment. For all my coursework, to make sure that I do not commit unintentional plagiarism, I always make sure to conduct a plagiarism check as the final procedure before submitting my assignments to ensure that my work is original.
The assignment questions were posted on UM Learn and I normally download the assignment file before reading the questions. Then, I will start looking and analyzing for the answers while and after reading the textbook. The textbook source I refer to answer question 1 is from chapter 6; page 149 – 150, question 2 is from chapter 6; page 162, question 3 from chapter 7, page 193, and question 4 from chapter 8, page 219. I found these sources from the textbook; I will normally copy the text from textbook and following that, I re-read the source material and re-write it according to my understanding to build a draft for my final assignment answer. Along the way, I make additional notes that I feel may be related to the questions asked.
For this assignment, the questions were, in my opinion, straightforward. I was just required to provide simple and direct answers to the questions. I am and was fully aware that this assignment must be written in my own words and not copied directly from the materials provided through Desire to Learn or textbook as Professor Justine mentioned it in the assignment outline.
In all honesty, I was taken back by the allegation. I did not realize that I have committed academic misconduct until Professor Justine brought it up to my attention via email. As soon as I read the email, I emailed her back regarding it and the professor said that the Department of Psychology will contact me pertaining to this matter. And a few days later, I received an allegation letter from the Department of Psychology for academic misconduct. I have always viewed the academic misconduct very seriously. Academic misconduct is a critical offence and it is an immoral act. It is generally any kind of dishonesty occurs during the course of formal learning process. When I was accused of academic misconduct, I was truly shocked and frightened. I am very aware of the seriousness of academic misconduct and the repercussions. Especially being in my final term, I would never do anything to jeopardize my future, reputation and my journey in completing my degree. At this crucial point of my life, this allegation worsens my depression and I felt truly lost. I was unable to focus on any other work after that point. I was not provided with the details of the allegation and I was demotivated to complete my studies. I performed poorly in my final exam despite going into my finals with a grade A. I needed at least a C+ in this course to graduate in the Major that I want. With all the energy and motivation I could muster I was only able to get a C grade. It truly affected me. And to know that this assignment could have secured me with a C+ has further impacted my anxiety.
I feel humiliated and regretful of my actions; I did not allocate enough time to work my assignment sooner. While I know that this is not an excuse, I was under so much pressure due to personal conflicts, which I have been dealing with for a while now. Lately, there has been a lot going on in my life to a point where I was losing my mind and in fact, I was and still am trying to do everything in my power to stay afloat. I believe this is what resulted in me not paying attention to my coursework and ended up submitting the wrong assignment. If given the opportunity, I would definitely reverse my action and put in more time to review my work and submit the correct assignment. I have learnt that I should allocate more time to work on assignments and also allocate enough time to review the assignment, at least a several times before and after finalizing the work before submission also always double check to see if the correct assignment has been submitted.
With a heavy heart, I would like to truly apologize for my disgraceful action and hope that you will consider my statement before coming to a decision. If possible, please allow me to resubmit my assignment for the chance to get the C+ I need. I have no funds to continue with my studies and I am so close to the end of my undergraduate studies. I also sincerely appreciate this opportunity given to me to explain myself and I am more than willing to answer any questions to clarify any doubts concerning this matter.