Controversial blog Rate Your Students is back from it's summer break, and one of the first posts is this rant about plagiarism:
- I will explain to each class, in the early days of the term, exactly what plagiarism is and is not.
- I will report any incident that looks the least bit suspect.
- I will advise the student of his/her rights and responsibilities.
- I will inform the student of my decision to seek the maximum sanction even for "first timers."
- But I will not "discuss" the matter with any student, and I certainly will not discuss any student's records or suspected instances of plagiarism with any parents, friends, relatives, consultants, church officials, little league coaches, local low-rent politicians, or even the Dali Lama himself.
- I will not hear excuses, including but not limited to: "my friend helped and she must have looked this up on the internet," "You said we didn't have to cite our sources," "I didn't understand the assignment," "I didn't know the person I paid to write my paper was going to plagiarize it," or any other attempt at weaseling one's way out of the sanction.
- I will not shed a single tear for any student's pathetic cheating existence.
- I will not mourn any student's absence in a course if that student is a cheater.
- I will not feel sorry for any student who cheats, even if that student's father calls to me to explain that his daughter just signed a one-year lease on an apartment and she can't get out of it now, even though she has failed out of this college and will be taking classes elsewhere.
- I will not have any student question my methods, my understanding of cheating, my grading policies, my principles, or my judgment.
- I will not endure insults upon my character for any student's lack of morals or ethics.
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