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May 05, 2017


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Those who plagiarize after you've explained it don't care. They don't care about the risk of a zero. I hope that you can let your frustration go on this. Sometimes there are going to be people who just don't care. It's not your fault.

Ugh. This is the perennial that no one wants to see flower. You've done all you can. It's on them to want to be better than this.

Do you use Turnitin? My most conscientious grad school professor used it. Seemed to take her out of it personally and may have made people more fearful of being caught. Alas, I now know that at least 2/14 students just had other people do their work.

My institution won't pay for a Turnitin subscription. Alas.

Easy for me to say, but I think you need to let it go. There are people who just don't care, as Karen says, or who truly believe that they won't get caught. There are people that must learn the hard way before they care. And then there are people who don't read the syllabus and don't listen. You've done what you can and it is their responsibility no matter which group they fall into. Do you have an email template ready to go for their pleas? Maybe make one that you can personalize just a bit for each plagiarizer who begs via email so you can spend as little of your mental energy on it as possible -- after all, they spent little of their own mental energy on your assignment.

I'm glad that the Honor Code is such a HUGE deal at Thomas Jefferson's school... students are simply expelled if they plagiarize. The consequences are just too extreme, so they don't do it. Well, not that anyone could get away with it in language classes (all you can possibly do is cheat during an exam or copy someone's answers to a questionnaire which sometimes they do and I warn them).

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