At the top of my page of undergraduate papers, I say “To lazy and dishonest undergraduates: Remember that if you attempt to plagiarize any of these papers, your professor can easily discover that fact with a simple Google search. And if you do plagiarize, I hope that you get caught, that you fail your course, get expelled from college, and that you lead a generally miserable life commensurate with your lack of honesty. You have been warned!”
So I wasn’t exactly delighted to receive this e-mail this morning from a “Daniel Lee”:
Guess what sweetheart?, I plaigarised the hell out of your undergraduate paper and I didn’t get caught. Whats more I got a 4.0 and then won the lottery. So much for a ‘miserable life commensurate with my dishonesty’, eh?
I almost feel like I should give you some of my lotto winnings but nope – not gonna happen. Na, na, na-na, na!
I’m thoroughly disgusted — on so many levels. The admission of plagiarism is bad enough, but the gloating is particularly revolting. The implication that winning a lottery is proof that cheating doesn’t matter in life and that I’d ever want a dime of those winnings is just icing on the cake.
If anyone knows of a way to track down this student so that I can inform his professors of his gleeful plagiarism, please met me know. A contact at hotmail.com might be particularly helpful.
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Maybe I can get Glenn Reynolds to spread the word.