As of last year (Fall 2022 application cycle), applicants suspected of plagiarism will be contacted by the UCs and given the opportunity to prove the Personal Insight Questions were their original work (better save all of your drafts!). Failure to respond to a verification request will result in cancellation of the UC Application.
Before you start complaining, I previously discovered UCOP had implemented some kind of plagiarism check beginning with the Fall 2020 application cycle, likely with no notification to the applicants (source; on page 5 under “UCOP Application Verifications”). Now you will at least have a chance to defend yourself.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Don’t post your Personal Insight Questions online and don’t share them with your friends (in case one of them decides to co-opt parts/all of them), and make sure you tell people you work with (tutors, teachers, professors, school/independent counselors, etc.) not to share them!
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