Student appeals to the committee on being reported, pleading "not guilty".
Student emails to tell me I have made a false accusation.
Student makes an appointment and calls my office.
Student starts the conversation by telling me that it is not plagiarism.
Student tells me it was a formatting error.
Student tells me that other classmates read the paper and did not say that it is plagiarized, so it is not plagiarized.
Student tells me that English is not their mother tongue.
Student tells me that I should consider changing my opinion (It wasn't my "opinion," I had evidence of plagiarism that I submitted to the committee with my report).
Student tells me that they will see me at the hearing (like a court hearing in a university setting where people resolve their differences in front of a neutral committee).
If only the student had written in their own words instead of a blatant copy-paste, they'd have skipped all the drama and save me a bunch of time.