So I thought I was all done with this semester of college when I receive an email from the academic judiciary that states that I am being accused for academic dishonesty in my philosophy class. Apparently I plagiarized in my paper and this is a serious offense that could cause me to get expelled from the university. I did not plagiarize, I do know that my professor did not like me and was always looking for a way to prove me wrong (I voiced my opinion in class and he didn't like that). Now my question is, how do I go about proving that I did not plagiarize because I mean you can go online and find a paper written by somebody else that looks similar to your own. I don't know how this works at other schools but at Stony Brook you receive a letter "Q" grade which accounts as an F for now. I have to write an appeal and then I have to state my case in front of a jury. If found not guilty my grade gets changed to what it should be and my name gets cleared of academic dishonesty. If I get found guilty the "Q" stays and I must take this special "Q" course in the spring. The jury can also request a 2nd trial if they feel I have provided false information. Anyways this appears to be a big mess ahead of me and I'm trying to keep my head-up but with this hanging over my head this does not make me feel good. I need to clear my name and would like to hear what you guys think is my best route.
I appreciate all who contribute this is mostly just a rant need to speak my mind lol