I just caught another student attempting to take a short cut in her research paper by recycling portions of a paper she submitted last term in a different course. This isn't just garden-variety recycling. It is very significant for this particular assignment and represents a serious misrepresentation of her work. She got a zero.
Naturally, she has e-mailed me to say that she is experiencing severe anxiety as a result of the zero and she will do "ANYTHING" (her words and emphasis) to get a grade for this paper. I'm sure she is anxious about having an F in the course now, but that's the risk she took with her short cut. She's willing to do "ANYTHING" to fix her problem now that she has been caught, but she wouldn't have had a problem if she'd done the required work the first time.