Because then your story about how the IA was simply for a missed citation and not for the actual act of using somebody else's laboratory results would be believed.
As it stands right now, if I saw somebody's application that had an IA and I heard your story, I would either believe that you were lying or incredibly unlucky. In either case, it takes more investigating. Having the IA removed offers a part of that explanation. If I have hundreds of qualified applicants, why do I need to go the extra mile to figure out what actually happened?
I'll say this as well. Some of the attitudes you are seeing stem from the fact that students often come here with stories about their IA and what to do about them/how to spin them and oftentimes it turns out that they have withheld crucial pieces of information. There is a healthy skepticism that comes with the "I got a frivolous IA" story.
That makes sense! Thank you for your response. In that case I will definitely do whatever I can to get this expunged. My school also destroys records after a set period of time. Is this different from getting it expunged? I've definitely seen the threads of people downplaying their IA, and the last thing I want is to come off as though I'm trying to "spin" my story a certain way.