I've spent most of the evening grading papers, and have found several more instances of plagiarism, including three students who plagiarized their final paper.
Then I started grading extra credit assignments. The assignment was simple: write four test questions on any topic we covered in class. The only caveat was that the questions couldn't be term recognition or definition questions, and the entire thing was worth a whopping four points, less than 1% of the final grade.
I was grumpily reading over the various questions when I came across the paper of one of my more verbally challenged students. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that the questions were beautifully written using terminology that even I was unfamiliar with. After a bit of googling I found what I had suspected: the student had copied the four questions off of three exams that were posted on the net.
(insert head shaking here)
To make matters worse (for the student), after finding this plagiarism I realized that the same student's final project had also been plagiarized, and this extra credit had been turned in on the very same day that I talked to the student about the prior plagiarism.
This student will get no credit for either of the two assignments, and will have two separate plagiarism reports on their permanent academic record. I'll also request that the dean give the student a disciplinary F in the course (which cannot be erased by retaking the course), and I may ask for additional sanctions, possibly including suspension from the college.
All for a measly four points.
Note: In case you were wondering, I'm grumpy because I have to file 11 plagiarism reports with my dean by the end of the week, I've been grading for nearly a week straight, and I'm way too tired right now.
Note 2: As a shoutout to Semantic Compositions, the title of this post is a snowclone: "Xest. Y. Ever." I've done exactly no research on this, but from what I know it traces back to the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons saying "Worst. Episode. Ever."