Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Little snot...

So, I got an email from the student that plagiarized her paper.  She whined, "I revised and added to a paper I wrote for a criminal justice class for a community college--I don't understand why you won't accept it."

First of all, it's ironic that that paper was for a criminal justice class, since the whole thing was lifted from an online paper mill.  Second, my course policy statement clearly states that plagiarized papers will cause the student to fail the class.  Third, I don't accept papers written for other classes--not for the class's papers, though I'm willing to compromise for the blog posts. 

Last, she needs to learn something from this. 

My final word?

6 comments:

  1. Oh so be nice and give the little bitch a "D" for being stupid. If she gets a "F" she has to retake your class right??? Why put up with her shit again.

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    1. I'm not teaching this class next semester. She can re-take it with someone else.

      I'd also refuse to let her re-use any of the work she did for the class, harass her into dropping my class.

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  2. How do you catch them, is there some kind of software which picks up copied work or do you rely on instinct?

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    1. There is, but I don't have access to it. But when students who don't understand how to use a comma, or which version of a word (to, too, two; except, accept; there, they're; etc.) to use where, and suddenly they're writing like they're professional writers, you tend to copy and paste sentences (or key phrases) into your favorite search engine to make sure they aren't plagiarizing.

      Unfortunately, more often than not, they are.

      I really hate it when they do that and I have to tell them they failed the class. Invariably, the response is "But, whyyyy???"

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  3. I did a post awhile back about a guy who had written papers for people for a living. He noted that nurses, and seminary students were frequent purchases, but that the worst were those in the education field. LOL

    http://chronicle.com/article/The-Shadow-Scholar/125329/

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    1. The education field tends to dig through the bottom of the barrel when considering the intelligence of their majors recruits, so I'm not surprised.

      Seminary students, though...that's about as ironic as criminal justice students, and kind of funny.

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