Just to clarify... when I talked about classes, I specifically meant my journalism classes.
I understand there will always be someone in the world who plagiarizes. It's utopian to think everyone on Earth has moreals and ethics. But the fact that the instance took place in a journalism class only exacerbates the action committed.
In a field that is based on truth and objectivity, there should be no lip service whatsoever, especially when it comes to plagiarism.