I didn't fail the student I mentioned yesterday.
After speaking to him, it was clear that he didn't see what he'd done as wrong. So I went through the essay with him and showed him parts that were exactly taken from other sources and parts where he'd summarized from other sources and I explained that even though some of the work was indeed his original thoughts and language that because much of it wasn't, this was plagiarism. He seemed to better understand after that, and he was apologetic about the mistake. I also talked to him about his attitude about the class and told him that if he didn't want to be there, he didn't have to be: I'd gladly withdraw him.
Again, he was apologetic about his behavior and seemed genuine about wanting to redeem himself, so I am allowing him to remain in the class and I'm giving him the opportunity to re-write the essay (with some stipulations and penalties, of course). I felt good after speaking with him, and he was thankful for being given a second chance, so I hope he learned his lesson and he improves his performance in the class.
Based on your comments yesterday, you guys would have enacted a much stricter punishment, and trust me, when I've received essays that are word-for-word plagiarized, I too have given students the boot. But, every situation is different, and it is my job to help them learn some of these things.
In other news, I haven't run in 2 days, and I don't know if I'll get time today either. I've just been so busy trying to get everything done that needs to get done before we start our vacation tomorrow. And this afternoon, after my last class, I have a doctor appointment and then we have to pack, and then go pick up friends from the airport. Maybe I'll get to squeeze a run in there sometime, but I don't know. If not, that's just the way it is. Sometimes, a girl gets busy.