A new one, just in this morning:

A student decided to triple dip on her use of a paper. In this case, the paper was submitted as a draft for my review.

One of the tools we use for reviewing papers is a web-based program that screens students' papers for originality. This student's draft paper returned a report of 100%, which means that it has been submitted before. I discovered that she apparently had an assignment due last night in her English course that required her to summarize a news article. The paper she wrote for my course required her to use journal articles, which she paraphrased in the paper. It seems she decided to save herself some time and effort, so she submitted this paper for the assignments in both courses.

First, she gets a SD award for submitting the paper to her other course first. Because of the originality report, I can document that the paper isn't original to my course, so she will have to rewrite it completely in order to receive any credit. Since she submitted it as a draft, I'm taking 50% off the top of her final version because she tried to double dip. She will have to rework the whole paper if she wants to receive any credit for it.

But that's not all. I discovered that she has earned an extra-special SD commendation for triple dipping. Not only did she submit the same paper to both her courses this term, but she also used the same paper she wrote when she first took my course last fall. You see, this is her second time around in my course. She failed the course with another instructor and is repeating it with me now. The instructor for her English course will clearly see from the originality report that the student recycled the paper from a previous term. This is highlighted by the fact that she left my course's title on the paper when she submitted it to her English instructor. Reusing a paper twice from a course she failed gives her the Gold Star SD designation.

In addition to her SD awards and commendations, she also earns a free pass to Student Affairs for disciplinary action.