My Uni has announced they are taking a kinder stance on plagiarism, meaning when students plagiarize it is because they don't know they are doing it, not because they are lying little cheaters. We are now expected to contact the students to let them know what they did wrong, explain what they did and how to prevent it and then offer them the opportunity to redo the assignment.
I am of the mindset that this is crap. I am all for telling them what they did wrong and how to prevent it but I think they will learn more for getting a big fat zero than from a kid glove approach. I have a sneaking suspicion that I am right as I am seeing more repeat offenders.
I am not tenured, what can I do to help stop this madness from taking over my class?