I’m currently about to graduate from a US university with a MS as I didn’t make it to the PhD program. For whatever reasons I was rejected even after performing quite well compared to other PhD students, I don’t want to speculate. I had an idea that some of these students are cheating on the homework assignments by copying codes and solutions from previous year posted solutions. The professors are probably too lazy to do anything about it because even after I reported anonymously, nothing has changed. I had made peace with that, but in this semester, I noticed that they even have access to a drive on the network where the professor keeps the exams and solutions. I struggle to study for the mid-terms when I have so much of assignments to do, and these people get a head-start by just copying the assignments one day before the deadline. First of all, they have more time to prepare for exams or do other stuff, and secondly, they also have sample exams with solutions which the professor is probably repeating.

Instead of reporting that, I asked the professor if he’d provide sample exams to everyone. He got irritated and behaved quite badly even when I had genuine questions to ask during his office hours. After the mid-term, he screwed me in the exam and I noticed others fared much better than me. I have a feeling the professor knows and may be I inconvenienced him by reporting. I spend a lot of time worrying about this. In a month I’d be out of here and I want to have nothing to do with these people again.

What should I do? Given that I have been rejected at the PhD program, if I speak to any other professor, they might think I’m making this up. And I also can’t believe that nobody knows about it and they have just kept exams, assignments, etc on a shared drive. I think they’re ignoring the problem to not give the school a bad reputation and might just fail me if I speak up.

I don’t know right now what exactly I should do. Except that I don’t want to get hurt. Even if I report to higher-ups, I don’t want to take names (not that they’re my friends, but I only know a handful who are involved. Not sure if the entire class is cheating). I’m more paranoid about what the professors would do and if somehow they will pin this on me. It is easier to discredit me as a “disgruntled ex-student” than take action against PhD candidates.

Is keeping quiet and hoping to get out without any issues the best option?

So I messed up really bad and cheated on a homework assignment. I got a negative one for that assignment. I’m in my first year of undergraduate school in the US, second semester. I am so upset with myself for stooping so low to commit academic dishonesty by looking into the solution manual. I’m terrified of what will happen to me. Since this is a relatively minor offense, what do you think will happen? Where do I go from here?

I am teaching a course in a college and assignment homework on a regular basis. Usually I collect all homework in the class and later my student secretary grades all the homework and return them to the students through the mail room. If a student did not turn in the homework at all, a zero will be given.

There is a student who claims to have turned in two homework but got zero for both. I am checking with my secretary and is awaiting for his reply. Likely he will tell me that he does remember anything about her homework. Also I have asked the student to check her mailbox, and it is quite likely that she could not find her homework there.

Another piece of information: I suspect the student is dishonest as sometimes her quiz answer is identical to the student sitting next to her. But since I never caught her red-handed, this should not be used as an evidence.

Now assuming that no evidence can be found regarding whether she turned the homework or not, there are at least three opinions for me:

  1. Give her full marks for the homework, assuming that it is I or my secretary who misplaced them.
  2. Give her zeros, ignoring her claims.
  3. As a happy medium, change her homework status as “excused” so these two particular homework will not be counted toward her grade.

I have done Option 1 in the past, but only to find out later that the student who made the claim turns out to be a very dishonest student and likely she lied to me and benefited from lying. What would you suggest me to do in this situation?

I was chatting about this topic with several buddies, but none of us could really agree on one answer. Maybe I can settle this here.

Suppose a student is caught cheating during an university exam. The professor promptly fails him for the class. If the student decides to take this issue to court, claiming that the professor has no evidence of his/her cheating, could he/she get away with it? At the time, there are no cameras in the room, and the professor did not take a video or photo of the student’s cheating in action. In this scenario, who has the greater power, the student or the university?

Thanks in advance.

So I was taking an online quiz on my home computer for one of my courses. While I was writing down the work for one of the problems, my cat jumped onto my keyboard and managed to hit the F12 button along with others and it ended up opening inspect element, which then crashed the quiz I was taking because I think the online education system has the usage of opening inspect element blocked. (I researched possible reasons why and I found out tech-savvy kids would use inspect element to find quiz/exam answers while taking it to get good grades; I am not interested in computers, I didn’t know this.)

I was able to refresh the page and resume the quiz, but it scared me because I thought I was going to get a zero because of my cat.

Would this even be considered cheating? Would the online education course even know that inspect element was opened? It has me worried because I do not want to be accused of something I didn’t commit over the placement of my cat’s paws on my keyboard.

If anyone can provide insight on this situation, that would be greatly appreciated. It just has me a tad worried.

This is inspired by another persons question regarding weather or not it is okay to tell on your peers for cheating during exams.

Since I am new to the site, I am having difficulty responding to the question, so I’m making a question instead.

Some people commented to this question and said that you are not giving a cheater an unfair advantage because students are “not competing against one another.”
My question is how do you think this is true?
Students are responsible for their own learning, and as a result of that, are not directly affected by another persons cheating.
I beg to differ.

Other students cheating does affect other students, or we wouldn’t have to ask questions like this.

It IS an unfair advantage, in many ways, here is an example of just one:

Student A studied hard for his/her midterm. She/he arrived prepared with only 4 hours of sleep.
Student B hardly studied, with plans on passing by cheating off his/her friend that was sat next to them.
Student B and his/her helpful friend, let’s call him/her student C, are seated directly behind student A.

This is the way this plays out:
During the exam, student B and student C begin to whisper every time the prof makes his rounds to the other side of the room. It is a big lecture hall, and the professor can not hear them on the other side of the room.
But, all the other students around B and C sure can.
Student A is becoming frustrated.
The whispering is quite distracting to him/her, and dispite his/her delicate “shhh” every time B and C begin their routine, the whispering continues.
At one point, A even turns to B and C and asks “can you please stop talking. This is an exam- you shouldn’t be talking.”
B ans C continue to talk.
Student A, although successful with her studies and a good student in general, has a common problem: test anxiety. Now, she has become distracted.
She has a moral discontent as she does not want to “rat out” her fellow students during the exam.
However, she is now struggling with her answers, as her anxiety has been activated, and she is having a hard time concentrating.
As a result of this, Student A gets a much lower mark than she would have had she not been distracted during the exam. Student B gets a much higher mark due to Student C helping him/her during the test.

So, my question is this. How is this NOT an unfair advantage?

In fact, regardless of how a student may cheat (distracting or not distracting) HOW is this not an unfair advantage?

Students who study for their tests, and do not cheat, show up to the exam fully prepared. Often they are tired from the preparation, as studying for exams is 100% exhausting.
Students who cheat don’t have to commit so much time or resources to exams (or anything). They can get more sleep, enjoy their out of school activities, and still pass the exam due to cheating.
In some cases, the cheater may even score higher than someone who actually studied.
How is that fair?
Also, considering GPA and the advantages of having a high one for scholarship application, and job competition down the road, I fail to see how cheaters do not affect other students.
Another point worth mentioning, is the moral dilemma that the cheating student places on their peers.
To tell or not to tell?

If anyone has any other points regarding this, please feel free to share… and if you are a cheater- you should seriously consider applying yourself in a way that reflects your true intelligence.
Why put yourself at risk?

In answer to the original posting, and just to be clear, I do not think there is anything wrong with reporting your peers for cheating. Especially when it affects your own grade that you studied hard for.

I’ve been thinking how I proctor and design exams, and I suspect (from things I hear) that there is much more cheating than I find evidence of. What are the most common ways university students cheat, say in a large lecture math or science class? For instance, some possible ways are:

  • looking at other students exams
  • sneaking in a cheat sheet
  • using a phone/prohibited device in class
  • getting help on a bathroom break
  • having someone else take the exam for you
  • getting a copy of the exam in advance
  • modifying an exam after grading and asking for points back

But I don’t know if any of these happen often enough that I should do more than I currently do.

Ideally, I’d like an answer with data from some studies on cheating, but I’d welcome extensive ancedotal evidence as well.

The question (Is studying past exams I found online cheating?) was sort of relevant but did not answer my question, so please do not mark this question as a duplicate:

Onto my dilemma:

I recently had a raw score 20 points higher than my classmates and was suspected of cheating. I scored almost perfect while others only got around 60-75. I actually found the test beforehand (coincidentally) because my teacher passes back old tests and quizzes (and his sources are obvious). I sought online materials because the textbook and the practice problems are utterly inadequate for relatively difficult exams. I know it gives me an advantage, but couldn’t everyone just do what I did? Don’t I have the right to study things that are openly accessible on the web and use that to my advantage? It’s not like I hacked a school server to access materials.. I literally just found it by using some google search ‘hacks’ like verbatim, quotes, filetype, etc. I ended up not getting a score for that test, but did the teacher really have to do that? I didn’t even copy the test word-for-word. I knew how to do most of it and just used it to make sure that I knew what I was doing. I am currently under a lot of backlash due to this incident and am trying to justify my standing. What are your thoughts and what prevents me from using those sources?

Clarification: it was not even the teacher’s own test.

Is it unethical to research journals for other students?

For example, a student is researching gifted students and their subsequent ACT/SAT scores. Then:

  1. Would it be unethical for me to research educational journals and give the student the title of articles that pertain to their research?

  2. Would it be unethical for me to charge for this?

So let’s jump straight into the facts. I am student at X university and have recently completed an exam for X module.

A a month ago I had taken a calculator from the lost and found in the laboratory that did not belong to me, and never returned it since I had forgotten to do so.

I have the exact same calculator however the one I had taken was a Japenese model. A month later during the morning of my exam, I had decided to take a calculator just in case we required one. I had however mixed this with my calculator and had taken this into University. Prior to going into the examination I had asked one of the students, whether we need to take a calculator into the exam and he replied “You never know”. I ended up taking it into the exam and had left it on the desk approximately 1 metre away from me. Approximately an hour into the exam, the invigilator started to check our equipment, when he started to check mine he started to look at it under a bright light and noticed there to be a few letters written on the back of it. Now I was not aware that this was on the back of the calculator (Case covering the back) since it was not mine, and it was written so faintly that you could barely distinguish it. I was unaware what had gone on in that situation as I was focused on the exam, and continued to fill in the questions. I noticed he mentioned something about the calculator and I thought you are not allowed to take a calculator into the exam and continued to write, and told him that that I haven’t touched it. Anyways towards the end of the exam, I was advised to remain seated and an officer came into to make me a sign a paper that stated that I had received a letter to explain that I was aware that is being investigated and that there were notes written on the back that could be potentially related to this exam.

Now I have gotten in touch with the student union and waiting for the e-mail regarding me writing a statement of appeal for the allegation. I am looking for advise on this situation as I am clearly in a difficult situation.

I need to think of three good reasons to help make a strong appeal and really struggling to figure what’s best to put into the appeal. Now I have a incredibly good track record at the University and received a first class mark last year and looking to do the same this year.