Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Due to circumstances (how's that for vagueness?), I'm reporting the student who plagiarized to the campus disciplinary board. I spent my bike ride home dissecting exactly it makes me feel so crappy. What kind of crappiness, precisely, was I experiencing? Guilt? No; I think I'm doing the right thing, and I don't blame myself for the student's plagiarism. Regret? No; likewise. Pity? Not exactly, although that's getting closer to the mark: I believe the student when they say that this issue is affecting their other work, and their life in general, and I honestly think it's too bad that's the case. That last clause led me to think - what if I'm just sad? Sad because an obviously hard-working (usually), not unintelligent, ambitious, friendly student has just made an enormous error of judgment, and they're going to have to face the consequences of that mistake. Yes, their life will be affected by this. So will mine be. And I'm certainly annoyed, but I'm also sad that I no longer have the same regard for this student as I used to, and that they and I will be dealing with this bad decision for at least the rest of the semester.