Plagiarism is serious business. It is little more than stealing. Many universities will penalize a student for plagiarizing - not only failure of the course, but unceremonious dismissal from the university AND a good probability of NOT gaining admittance to another university!
Montana State University:
Paraphrasing or quoting another’s work without citing the source is a form of academic misconduct. Even inadvertent or unintentional misuse or appropriation of another's work (such as relying heavily on source material that is not expressly acknowledged) is considered plagiarism. If you have any questions about using and citing sources, you are expected to ask for clarification.
Section 420 of the Student Conduct Code describes academic misconduct as including but not limited to plagiarism, cheating, multiple submissions, or facilitating others’ misconduct. Possible sanctions for academic misconduct range from an oral reprimand to expulsion from the university.
Texas A & M University:
Consequences of Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty
Plagiarism and academic dishonesty can have some severe penalties and repercussions. Instructors may recommend:
Redoing the assignment
Failing the assignment
Receiving a reduced grade in the course
Failing the course with a grade of XF (indicates that course was failed due to academic dishonesty and student cannot graduate until they have it removed by going through remediation)
Counseling or recommending remediation for the student
Dismissing the student from the University
Having a record that indicates you committed an act of academic dishonesty