According to the UC Counselors and Advisers Bulletin – January 2021:
In January, all personal insight questions are reviewed by an anti-plagiarism software program. If contacted by UC for verification, applicants will have the opportunity to demonstrate that their PIQ responses are their own work. Applicants who are unable to provide evidence that it is their own work or who do not respond in the designated timeframe will have their UC applications withdrawn.
I previously discovered UCOP had implemented some kind of plagiarism check with no notification to the applicants (started in the 2019-2020 cycle). Now you will at least have a chance to defend yourself. Make sure you check your email (the one associated with your UC Application) often and keep an eye on your spam folder (and “Promotions” tab for Gmail) as UC correspondence frequently end up in there.
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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