In teaching, problems inevitably arise. And on par with the messiness of life, clear solutions or responses to these problems are not always….clear. So who better to ask for possible clarity than students!
Here’s the issue: I have a submitted paper where the student is obviously plagiarizing – paragraphs of plagiarizing. The student has been a good student all semester and certainly appears to be earnest and sincere. But there are substantial amounts of plagiarism in this paper.
If you were the instructor, what would be your fair course of action? I know a bit about what other professors would do, ranging from failing the student for the course and seeking expulsion to a slap on the wrist and just dropping the paper from the student’s overall course grade.
But if you were the instructor, what would you do?