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Sample Apology Letter for Apparent Unintentional Plagiarism

Plagiarism, in simple words, is the act of copying someone's original work (contents/ ideas) and showing it as your own.

apology letter for plagiarism sample
It is not only an immoral act but also a criminal offence under the law. Hence, the original author may file a lawsuit against you for the plagiarism and violation of his intellectual property rights.

If you have plagiarized someone's work, then before he goes to court you should apologize to him and show proof that you have undone your action either by deleting the contents or by stopping the publication, etc.

Here are examples of apology letters for plagiarism.

TEMPLATE #1
(apology letter for unintentional plagiarism)

Date: ...............

To
(Name of the Person)
(Address)

Dear ..............,

I would like to sincerely apologize for directly plagiarizing some of the contents from your article on the topic of "............................................" and using it in my article published on the website at ................

In the flow of the things, I did that without realizing how grave of a mistake that is. It is very unprofessional and unethical on my part as well. I feel embarrassed for my actions. I regret doing it. My article has been taken off from the said website on my request.

Once again, I am deeply sorry for my deeds. I hope you will be kind enough to forgive me for this.

Thank you for your understanding!

Sincerely,

   (signature)
(Name of the Person)


TEMPLATE #2
(apology letter to professor for plagiarism)

Date: .............

To
(Name of the Professor)
.............. Professor
(Name of the Educational Institution)

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am truly sorry to have used plagiarized contents for preparation of my research paper on "................................", which I submitted to you last week. I have now realized it is not only disrespectful to the writers of the original contents but also to my fellow classmates who worked hard in preparing their respective papers.

You have time and again advised us to use our own mind and skill to prepare our own papers. I have let you down by copying contents from other sources. I deeply regret it. I feel quite embarrassed.

I promise not to repeat this incident again. I kindly request you to give me another chance to submit the paper again. I will try very hard on this to use my own knowledge and wit in the writings and preparations.

Yours sincerely,

   (signature)
(Name of the Student)
Class: .... Roll No. .......

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