A Thirsty based upon today's exchange with Feigning Frankie:
FF: Omigawd, Dr. Scared, I don't know how TurnYouOut could have said most of my paper was copied. I SWEAR it is all my own work. I take my education seriously. I would NEVER (ever, in infinity years) cheat! I think the similarity might be because of how common the topic was.
Me (not even looking up): It is early in the quarter, so the questions are, yes, somewhat simpler. However, over 98% of the class was able to submit assignments with < 10% marked unoriginal.
Me (holding last page): Not to change the subject, but just wondering, did you really think eNotes and StudentPapers.com qualify as scholarly sources?
FF: Well ...
Me: And, Frankie, seriously, your opening is a word-for-word cut-and-paste of the list in the last paragraph of the StudentPaper.com page you cited. Then there are several other sentence long lifts from web sources, amounting to about 50% unoriginal content in a 3 page paper.
Q1: Are you more/less likely to provide any latitude for a student who just admits to plagiarizing, instead of trying to explain it away? (complexity of explanation notwithstanding)
Q2: Would your inclination change if you knew you had full support and backing of your administration to crush the little ... darlings?