I met with my student today, was convinced that the plagiarism was unintentional, and offered another chance, along with some hefty instruction on the citation of sources.
"I see that this is what is expected," he concluded.
"Believe me; I didn't make it up," I said.
As I was leaving, I stopped to chat with one of the graduate assistants. "I guess I'm the biggest pushover on the planet," I remarked.
"Oh, no," she said. "I thought you handled it really well. In fact, I was thinking that what you said to him, about how and why it matters, was really good ~ I should remember it."
I've been in quite a bit of pain today. Nice to know that I can still pull off an unpleasant meeting, regardless of my own situation.
But I am still angry at my students' high school teachers, as I have been all semester. These young people are so woefully unprepared for college. How did it become my job to teach them sixth grade writing expectations?