About 'do not cut and paste!' I am so angry with my sophomore students right now - They have just handed in their first real research papers in English. I spent two class sessions with them doing research methodology, citing sources and impressing on them that the papers, apart from quotes and references, MUST be all their own work. They all also signed a pledge at the beginning of the semester not to cheat in any way. I have so far found 14 out of the 60 papers are over 80% plagiarism, and I haven't finished checking yet. Do they think I am stupid or something? And how can they risk suspension or worse, which is what they were told would happen if they did this? Some of them have been very clever, even inserting deliberate spelling mistakes to put me off, taking more time to cheat than to do it properly. I am so disappointed in them, I had hoped by now they would have got the message and had a conscience of some sort. I feel like resigning, which is ridiculous, but I just don't think I am making headway.
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11/19/05 at 9:26am