Originally Posted by aybojs
Our campus paper did an article on Turnitin and discussed why it wasn't used by any our of faculty or admins. Is it true that every paper submitted for inspection is required to be added to its central database, because I always submit my work with the understanding that it's just between myself and my TA (unless permission is asked should said TA want to show it to the professor, use it as an example to the class, etc, which has always been the case) and find it a pretty dishonest practice to publicize student work without permission, especially when doing so out of an immediate and unreasonable presumption of dishonesty. So did most of the professors and admins interviewed, which was why it was not used.
I THINK that the way it works is, your school can choose to or not put those papers in the main database. But I could be wrong. Of course, the more in the database, the better it works. We actually have to give notice in our syllabus that we will use Turnitin.com (or may use it) for legal reasons because of this. I'm honestly not sure why. The papers are anonymous when they are in the database. Another student could not, for instance, find your paper or find the result of the scan or anything in any way.
A Prof handing out your paper to the class without your permission is a different issue (and undoubtedly a violation of FERPA).
I find it useful for three reasons. It catches the rare instance of plagiarism. It also catches instances that are not plagiarism but where I student simply needs to learn to paraphrase better or use a citation when needed. Third, when students give me drafts and revisions, it will check the new one against the database which includes the draft. If no changes have been made, it will come up as a 100% match. So I can catch those and not read them.
Originally Posted by GQGeek
but do you ever get cute girls flirting with you b/c you're their TA? Do you bite? :P
I actually picked-up one of mine, although she made me wait until the end of term.
I have been hit on by a student and ran screaming from it. Three reasons. The first was that she was repulsive. The second is that it is a quick way to get fired. Fear the day a student files a harrasment charge against you. Third, it's totally unethical to have a relationship with someone you have power over like that. I find such interaction with your students repulsive. That's my very frank response. And I've had colleagues who married their students (two times in one case; a dean of the faculty from what I heard in another).
My rule was originally that I will never get involved with a current or potentially future student. Former (graduated) student I would have allowed. Now I'm just too old (and permanently involved) so wouldn't even consider an alumna.
On a funny note, the only time I've ever suspected a student of having a crush on me it turned out she was literally days away from getting married.