Professor accused me of plagiarism; best response??
Please understand that this isn't a question like "Help me lie about my GPA." The only reason I am coming on here is because I have legitimately been falsely accused and want to know if anyone else has ever had to deal with this and how they successfully proved their innocence.
I have a class this semester that's largely discussion based. Each week we turn in a short response paper to some prompt in the syllabus. A couple weeks ago I turned in a prompt that drew heavily on a short piece published online. I explicitly cited the web source in the footer. Author name, website, and publishing date.
Received an email from the professor asking me to come in and meet with the Dean regarding a violation of the student code. From the language of the email (that included their entire exchange discussing strategy) it looks as if they've already set their mind. What do you advise?