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Battling Plagiarism and Student Evaluations (via Diary of a Mad Professor)

A college professor battles plagiarism. Good story – good read.

In my classes, I have 100% opinion papers. The students have to explain their thinking about an important issue. I don’t think it makes plagiarism impossible but it does make it more difficult.

James Pilant

There was an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education recently about a professor would was diligent about dealing with plagiarism, only to find that it affected his course evaluations and eventually his reappointment. I knew it was only a matter of time, when I would be kicked in the behind with the same problem. Yesterday, my Department Head contacted me about my fall schedule and he said he noticed my evaluations were not as strong as in th … Read More

via Diary of a Mad Professor

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Robo-Signers – Not R2D2!

In an article featured in ProPublica by Marian Wang, the phenomenon of signing foreclosure document without knowledge of the contents is discussed –

Last week, we noted that the discovery of “robo-signers” — employees who signed off on thousands of foreclosure documents without much, if any, knowledge of their accuracy — had caused Ally Financial’s GMAC mortgage unit to freeze foreclosures in 23 states where foreclosures require a court order.

You’d think that all banks using the practice would be humiliated and chastened by a practice that misinforms the court as to their actual knowledge of the mortgage documents. You would be wrong, big time wrong.

From further down in the article –

The Associated Press reported late Sunday that a Wells Fargo executive acknowledged in a May deposition that he had signed hundreds of foreclosure documents each week without verifying any information aside from the date. The company, nonetheless, told AP it had no plans to halt foreclosures and was confident of the documents’ accuracy. (As we’ve noted, other banks — including those that have chosen to halt foreclosures — have also expressed confidence in the accuracy of their documents and played down the likelihood of mistaken foreclosures, despite the flawed paperwork.)

See, Wells Fargo, knows its documents are correct without even looking at them. Now, that’s a crack staff! Errors are discovered in mortgage filings all the time but they don’t have any.

The site, Complaints Board, catalogs Wells Fargo mortgage complaints. ConsumerAffairs.com also lists Wells Fargo complaints. But don’t worry, they only verified the dates but all the rest needs no examination!

This is a pretty high level of arrogance particularly when the court is being presented unverified documents. They taught us in law school to be scared of judges. Wells Fargo is apparently unaware of this basic rule. Telling judges you have verified data you have not could get them in the fining and contempt citation mood not even mentioning that throwing the case out of court thing.

Let’s see what happens next. I’m betting they can’t keep the practice of robo-signing up.

James Pilant

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