[Note: Identifying information has been
omitted/altered. Much as you may deserve
it, I do not now purpose to embarrass you any further.]
Not all learning is accomplished through the formal
is axiomatic that students are expected to read and understand the Syllabus
document of the course, handed out on the first day of the semester. Some
of my colleagues do not go into the detail that I do when they prepare their
course syllabi, but the fact that my Syllabus is in fact so detailed should be
a very strong indication that I mean business.
You are expected to read -- and heed -- the information in the Syllabus
(and in any other course handouts distributed by the professor). For my part, I am expected to deliver on the
representations I make in the Syllabus.
is no less axiomatic that you, as a student, are obligated to conform to the College
Policy on Academic Integrity. The Policy
is printed at length in the College Bulletin; the fact that my course Syllabus
gives the URL link to the Policy makes your failure to adhere to it all the
addition to the foregoing, my course Syllabus explicitly and plainly states
(and I quote):
who turn in a plagiarized Term Paper are subject to a failing grade of "F" for the semester."
That is why your final grade was "F." You submitted a plagiarized Term Paper. I have some very damning well nigh
incontrovertible evidence that the Term Paper you submitted originated at one
of those term paper mill websites.
So now, you come to me with all of your sob stories
about how you had to deal with some pressures from various sources, how you had
a family emergency that required you to go back to your country, and how you
will now need to retake a course, even though you marched in your gown and
mortarboard at the graduation ceremony a few days ago.
But you made a decision to submit a plagiarized work,
and I caught you. Understand that you
have insulted my intelligence.
Understand that, notwithstanding the anonymity of the process, I now
need to impose the promised sanction upon you or else I will be a smacked
toochas with no credibility in future semesters. And understand that you, and you alone,
placed me into a situation where I am now compelled to take this action against
In addition to your failing grade, I can now pursue disciplinary
charges against you. I'll forgo that
option, however, because it would only consume my time and yours and that of
the College Judicial Officer; time that could be better spent by me in my
scholarly research or my law practice, and better spent by you studying for the
course you will need to retake.
I have made my decision.
You have the right to appeal it to the Assistant Department Chair in the
first instance, and from thence to the Scholastic Standards Committee, but, as
I have said, the documentary evidence against you is overwhelming. [And if you elect to play the race card, I am
prepared to demonstrate that the penalty I am now imposing upon you is
identical to the penalty I imposed upon a student a year ago, in a similar
incident where the student was of my own ethnic background. I am quite evenhanded about these things.].
And so, you have nobody but yourself to blame for your current
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