So we’re in the home stretch, which right now, unfortunately, at least for me, means nothing but non-stop grading for the next two weeks. To quote Liz Lemon, "blerg." And in all honesty, I would have been just about done with most of it by yesterday afternoon had I not come across a paper that clearly cheated! After running the suspicious parts of it through google and various plagiarism checkers I can’t find it. However, the paper was supposed to be only 4-5 pages. This one goes on to the 7th. The student rarely brings hir book to class. Failed the theory exam. Never participates, but rather sits smuggly in hir row and giggles during the entire class. Came here on academic probation and now ze is writing like someone who has gained a mastery of the material. Furthermore, the essay did not call for outside sources, and should not have had any and hir paper make reference to other critics (not cited) and has a citation in it that a) is not MLA to begin with, and b) ze has no works cited page (which I told them since we were all using the same novel, I didn’t need a works cited page. But that’s what’s really tipped me off. All these weird references to critics who were neither discussed nor assigned.
I’m pissed because now I have to spend time dealing with this this. The other students didn’t get their work back on time because of this, and now I’m crunched for time this morning because of this student.
But I have a question. My last cheaters were easy to catch and document because they cheated off each other. And the other plagiarists I found right away. So I need advice on how to go about handling this one. I was thinking I would ask for ALL the FULL and complete citations for her essay and track down the articles and see if ze pulled material from them. Or if I should just fail her for not following the assignment–no outside sources, way too long (I’d have to give my chair a head’s up first).