|Alright Internet, tell me what I should do.
||[Feb. 19th, 2009|06:05 am]
The Question Club
I'm a college freshmen, and I'm currently taking a couple of courses online. A few days ago one of my Gen. Psych. classmates posted a discussion board activity that made me suspicious, because of the way the quality of the writing and tone of the post changed suddenly. I took a sentence from the post and ran it through google, and sure enough, she plagiarized the majority of her essay from an article posted on an online health site. |
I went back to look at her other essays, and two of the three include sentences that were lifted word for word from different websites, though not quite as brazenly as in the most recent assignment.
I can't really describe how badly this pisses me off. I feel like I should go to my professor, but I don't want to be a narc. If it matters, this student is a single mother with a one year old child who works full-time. This in no way excuses her actions, but if I report her and she gets expelled, I'll have guilt over the fact that this chick lost her chance at giving the kid a good life. I'm aware that this feeling doesn't make a lot of sense, and that it's her fault and her fault alone if she gets busted, but this worry is gnawing at my guts anyway.
On the other hand, my school has a two-strikes policy on plagiarism. If I tell, and this is the first time she's been caught, she'll get a zero on the assignment and chewed out by the folks in the dean's office, but that's about it. So maybe if she gets caught now it'll rein her in, so she doesn't end up repeating this little trick on a final paper and getting her ass flunked?
The way I see it, I can either (A) Report on her ass, (B) Contact her via facebook and warn her that she needs to start doing her own work or I'm going to the professor, or (C) Do nothing.
What do you think, internet? I don't understand why the professor hasn't caught this chick herself. It's really obvious what she's doing, but then this is the sort of assigment that's just graded on completion, so I doubt she's actually reading all our posts.