When people intentionally or unintentionally plagiarize material, they can damage their reputation, lose their job and incur fines or a prison sentence. In the workplace, plagiarism can lead to a sense of mistrust with respect to a plagiarist's work.
People who have plagiarized work in the past often have trouble finding future employment. Students found guilty of plagiarism may not be granted acceptance into the educational facility of their choice because of their damaged reputation. Plagiarism can also result in low grades and expulsion from school.
Plagiarism in medical research can have devastating effects, such as the loss of lives.