Fandango’s Friday Flashback — March 20

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 20th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on March 20, 2018.

Honor Code

8C500266-EEB4-46B5-9B31-4BF29D21C18CChris had no idea why he’d been summoned to the Dean of Students’ office. With some trepidation, Chris knocked at the dean’s door. “Enter,” he heard the dean say.

As Chris walked in, the dean removed his reading glasses, set them down on his desk, and looked at the nervous student. “Please have a seat, Mr. Atwater,” the dean said. Chris did as he was told.

The dean looked at Chris for a long moment. “Mr. Atwater,” he finally said. “You’re aware of this university’s honor code, are you not?” Chris nodded his head in acknowledgment. “And you, therefore, must know about the strict policy regarding plagiarism.” Once again Chris nodded his head.

The dean handed Chris his philosophy course term paper. Chris’ forehead started to bead up with perspiration. The dean then handed Chris another document. The title page had been removed, but the evidence of plagiarism was clear. Chris felt like he was about to pass out.

“Mr. Atwater, your term paper is identical — word for word identical — to this paper prepared by another student who took this same course taught by the same professor three years ago. How do you explain this, Mr. Atwater?”

Chris realized he was caught. “Sir, I admit that I hired a paper-writing service to write this paper for me. I know I shouldn’t have done it, but I have had some personal problems this semester and didn’t have time to get my paper written and submitted,” he confessed. “And the service offers guarantees against plagiarism.”

“Mr. Atwater,” the dean said quietly, “I suggest you seek a refund from the service. Or perhaps you can get them to give you a credit for the admissions paper you’ll need to submit to the next university you plan to attend, since your time at our august institution is over.”

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “identical.”

25 thoughts on “Fandango’s Friday Flashback — March 20

    • Fandango March 20, 2020 / 8:05 am

      Ha! No, I hired a blog ghost writer to write it for me! But seriously, it was an original work of fiction (i.e., it didn’t happen to me or anyone I know), but I’m sure it has happened to others. There’s a whole industry around around writing such papers.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. annieasksyou March 20, 2020 / 5:53 am

    A worthy lesson, indeed!

    My flashback is a post I never thought I’d have the nerve to write. But then I read that the numbers of young people dying of colorectal cancer has jumped—in part due to lack of awareness that they’re vulnerable. As March is “National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month,” I forged ahead. Many people told me they were glad I did.


  2. RuthScribbles March 20, 2020 / 7:56 am

    Did you just copy and paste your previous or is there a duplicate and then edit for today? Inquiring minds…. can’t think of any other way.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango March 20, 2020 / 11:05 pm

      I copy and paste because many of my flashback posts are from a blog that is no longer accessible. But you can go into your list of published posts and one of your options is “Copy Post.” If you click on that, it will create a copy of your original post that you can then edit. Hope this helps.

      Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.