Not that readers of this blog are a representative sample of any known population, nor, for that matter, are there enough readers of this blog to form a large enough sample anyway, but nevertheless I'm very interested in knowing what you all think.
The topic is plagiarism. The givens are as follows: a student writes an essay and presents material verbatim (with no quotation marks) from an unattributed, unreferenced, source. The question is where is the line crossed from doing something inappropriate that should lower the student's grade, to doing something fundamentally wrong that should warrant extreme penalties for plagiarism. And your options are:
1. Minimum of one paragraph stolen, from a minimum of one source.
2. Minimum of 25% of the paper stolen, from a minimum of one source.
3. Minimum of 25% of the paper stolen, from a minimum of 3 sources.
4. 50% of paper from 1 source.
5. 50% of paper from 3 sources.
6. 75% of paper from 1 source
7. 75% of paper from 3 sources.
8. Other (please explain)
Once we've met the threshold for serious plagiarism then what should (ideally, forget the practicalities for now) the penalties be?
A. Rewrite paper with lowered grade.
B. Failure on paper.
C. Failure in course.
D. Failure in course, plagiarism on permenant academic record.
E. Failure in course (or worse) plus suspension.
Please respond in the comments, if you will, with the appropriate number and letter. I'll give my own answer, and reflections on yours, in a follow-up post.