As a teacher, ask your school's administration to introduce rules on plagiarism! The next time a student plagiarises may serve as a great opportunity to update the regulatory framework to establish a common framework, both for teachers and for students.
Confront the student plagiarist
In all cases, the student must be heard. This will be beneficial for the student, for you, for the administration and for other students.
👉 Beneficial for the student: The student must have the opportunity to explain themself. They must face their responsibilities and understand why it is important to follow best practices for citations and writing.
👉 Beneficial for you as a teacher: Your school administration supports you in ensuring that exams and diplomas retain their value thanks to academic integrity. Choosing the appropriate punishment is not necessarily your responsibility.
👉 Beneficial for the administration: The institution must be able to understand the intention and reason behind this plagiarism in order to prevent it and protect the school. Drawing from actual cases of plagiarism, the administration will be able to bolster and refine its anti-plagiarism policy. Ultimately, the institution's reputation will be preserved.
👉 Beneficial for other students: Other students must understand the seriousness of these issues. The case of plagiarism will be perceived as either permissive or as a deterrent, depending on what disciplinary action is chosen.
A hearing with the student should seek to measure the seriousness of what has occurred: