So blog posts have been few and far between as I prepare for teaching. Classes begin in a week and the expected panic is beginning to set in.
Last night there was the orientation for new faculty. Over dinner, a couple of adjuncts spoke about the Adjunct Council, a newly formed group that advocates on the behalf of and provides support for adjuncts. During the informal Q and A session, the topic of plagiarism came up and that there should be some statement in our syllabus addressing the matter. Someone asked if the college had a formal statement that we could use. One of the moderators replied something to the effect of "No, I just used a statement that I copied from somewhere else".
Thank goodness I didn't have any food or drink in my mouth as I just lost it, bursting out in laughter and saying in a tone just loud enough for the people at my table to hear: "That's plagiarism!". They all started laughing, breaking the rather somber mood and drawing the attention of the entire room. I then felt obligated to repeat my remark out loud so that everyone could hear it. The speaker blushed as red as an apple. I tried adding "...as long as you don't provide attribution" but I think that was lost in the noise.
Sheesh, classes haven't even started and I'm already causing trouble.