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This is an answer to your second question: "More importantly, what I should do for the future to the class to prevent cheating?"

I usually give different sets of exams; usually three is enough. Make sure students sitting next to each other have different sets assigned to them. Have the students sign an attendance sheet indicating what set they were given. (This sheet can be distributed while they are taking the exam. While they are filling it up, verify that the set they indicated in the sheet matches the actual set given to them.)

Let's say the sets have the following questions:

Set A: 2+5=, 6+2=, 3+3=, 0+9= (answers: 7 8 6 9)2+5=, 6+2=, 3+3=, 0+9= (answers: 7 8 6 9)

Set B: 2+4=, 7+2=, 4+4=, 0+7= (answers: 6 9 8 7)2+4=, 7+2=, 4+4=, 0+7= (answers: 6 9 8 7)

Set C: 3+5=, 5+2=, 5+5=, 0+6= (answers: 8 7 10 6)3+5=, 5+2=, 5+5=, 0+6= (answers: 8 7 10 6)

Let's say that students X, Y, and Z were given sets A, B, and C, respectively. If student Y is seated in between X and Z and answers 7 8 6 9, then this is extremely strong evidence that student Y copied from student X (and not from Z). (The example I've given has four answers copied, but if there are much more, then the evidence would be stronger.) Keep the test papers of students X and Y (and maybe even Z) as evidence, but do return copies of the test papers to them.

Show the evidence to students X and Y. They may or they may not admit guilt. If they do, then obtain proof of it (a signed statement or a video). Submit all the evidence (including the admission of guilt) to the student disciplinary body*. There is a very good chance they will find the students guilty.

By showing the students that you report cases of cheating and that you win them, students will be less likely to cheat in your class in the future.

Note:

*I realize that my answer here is more appropriate for teachers of a course, and not for teaching assistants. If, in your institution, a teaching assistant is not supposed to go directly to the student disciplinary body, then present the evidence to the teacher. Your problem is now whether or not the teacher will act on it.

This is an answer to your second question: "More importantly, what I should do for the future to the class to prevent cheating?"

I usually give different sets of exams; usually three is enough. Make sure students sitting next to each other have different sets assigned to them. Have the students sign an attendance sheet indicating what set they were given. (This sheet can be distributed while they are taking the exam. While they are filling it up, verify that the set they indicated in the sheet matches the actual set given to them.)

Let's say the sets have the following questions:

Set A: 2+5=, 6+2=, 3+3=, 0+9= (answers: 7 8 6 9)

Set B: 2+4=, 7+2=, 4+4=, 0+7= (answers: 6 9 8 7)

Set C: 3+5=, 5+2=, 5+5=, 0+6= (answers: 8 7 10 6)

Let's say that students X, Y, and Z were given sets A, B, and C, respectively. If student Y is seated in between X and Z and answers 7 8 6 9, then this is extremely strong evidence that student Y copied from student X (and not from Z). (The example I've given has four answers copied, but if there are much more, then the evidence would be stronger.) Keep the test papers of students X and Y (and maybe even Z) as evidence, but do return copies of the test papers to them.

Show the evidence to students X and Y. They may or they may not admit guilt. If they do, then obtain proof of it (a signed statement or a video). Submit all the evidence (including the admission of guilt) to the student disciplinary body*. There is a very good chance they will find the students guilty.

By showing the students that you report cases of cheating and that you win them, students will be less likely to cheat in your class in the future.

Note:

*I realize that my answer here is more appropriate for teachers of a course, and not for teaching assistants. If, in your institution, a teaching assistant is not supposed to go directly to the student disciplinary body, then present the evidence to the teacher. Your problem is now whether or not the teacher will act on it.

This is an answer to your second question: "More importantly, what I should do for the future to the class to prevent cheating?"

I usually give different sets of exams; usually three is enough. Make sure students sitting next to each other have different sets assigned to them. Have the students sign an attendance sheet indicating what set they were given. (This sheet can be distributed while they are taking the exam. While they are filling it up, verify that the set they indicated in the sheet matches the actual set given to them.)

Let's say the sets have the following questions:

Set A: 2+5=, 6+2=, 3+3=, 0+9= (answers: 7 8 6 9)

Set B: 2+4=, 7+2=, 4+4=, 0+7= (answers: 6 9 8 7)

Set C: 3+5=, 5+2=, 5+5=, 0+6= (answers: 8 7 10 6)

Let's say that students X, Y, and Z were given sets A, B, and C, respectively. If student Y is seated in between X and Z and answers 7 8 6 9, then this is extremely strong evidence that student Y copied from student X (and not from Z). (The example I've given has four answers copied, but if there are much more, then the evidence would be stronger.) Keep the test papers of students X and Y (and maybe even Z) as evidence, but do return copies of the test papers to them.

Show the evidence to students X and Y. They may or they may not admit guilt. If they do, then obtain proof of it (a signed statement or a video). Submit all the evidence (including the admission of guilt) to the student disciplinary body*. There is a very good chance they will find the students guilty.

By showing the students that you report cases of cheating and that you win them, students will be less likely to cheat in your class in the future.

Note:

*I realize that my answer here is more appropriate for teachers of a course, and not for teaching assistants. If, in your institution, a teaching assistant is not supposed to go directly to the student disciplinary body, then present the evidence to the teacher. Your problem is now whether or not the teacher will act on it.

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This is an answer to your second question: "More importantly, what I should do for the future to the class to prevent cheating?"

I usually give different sets of exams; usually three is enough. Make sure students sitting next to each other have different sets assigned to them. Have the students sign an attendance sheet indicating what set they were given. (This sheet can be distributed while they are taking the exam. While they are filling it up, verify that the set they indicated in the sheet matches the actual set given to them.)

Let's say the sets have the following questions:

Set A: 2+5=, 6+2=, 3+3=, 0+9= (answers: 7 8 6 9)

Set B: 2+4=, 7+2=, 4+4=, 0+7= (answers: 6 9 8 7)

Set C: 3+5=, 5+2=, 5+5=, 0+6= (answers: 8 7 10 6)

Let's say that students X, Y, and Z were given sets A, B, and C, respectively. If student Y is seated in between X and Z and answers 7 8 6 9, then this is extremely strong evidence that student Y copied from student X (and not from Z). (The example I've given has four answers copied, but if there are much more, then the evidence would be stronger.) Keep the test papers of students X and Y (and maybe even Z) as evidence, but do return copies of the test papers to them.

Show the evidence to students X and Y. They may or they may not admit guilt. If they do, then obtain proof of it (a signed statement or a video). Submit all the evidence (including the admission of guilt) to the student disciplinary bodybody*. There is a very good chance they will find the students guilty.

By showing the students that you report cases of cheating and that you win them, students will be less likely to cheat in your class in the future.

Note:

*I realize that my answer here is more appropriate for teachers of a course, and not for teaching assistants. If, in your institution, a teaching assistant is not supposed to go directly to the student disciplinary body, then present the evidence to the teacher. Your problem is now whether or not the teacher will act on it.

This is an answer to your second question: "More importantly, what I should do for the future to the class to prevent cheating?"

I usually give different sets of exams; usually three is enough. Make sure students sitting next to each other have different sets assigned to them. Have the students sign an attendance sheet indicating what set they were given. (This sheet can be distributed while they are taking the exam. While they are filling it up, verify that the set they indicated in the sheet matches the actual set given to them.)

Let's say the sets have the following questions:

Set A: 2+5=, 6+2=, 3+3=, 0+9= (answers: 7 8 6 9)

Set B: 2+4=, 7+2=, 4+4=, 0+7= (answers: 6 9 8 7)

Set C: 3+5=, 5+2=, 5+5=, 0+6= (answers: 8 7 10 6)

Let's say that students X, Y, and Z were given sets A, B, and C, respectively. If student Y is seated in between X and Z and answers 7 8 6 9, then this is extremely strong evidence that student Y copied from student X (and not from Z). (The example I've given has four answers copied, but if there are much more, then the evidence would be stronger.) Keep the test papers of students X and Y (and maybe even Z) as evidence, but do return copies of the test papers to them.

Show the evidence to students X and Y. They may or they may not admit guilt. If they do, then obtain proof of it (a signed statement or a video). Submit all the evidence (including the admission of guilt) to the student disciplinary body. There is a very good chance they will find the students guilty.

By showing the students that you report cases of cheating and that you win them, students will be less likely to cheat in your class in the future.

This is an answer to your second question: "More importantly, what I should do for the future to the class to prevent cheating?"

I usually give different sets of exams; usually three is enough. Make sure students sitting next to each other have different sets assigned to them. Have the students sign an attendance sheet indicating what set they were given. (This sheet can be distributed while they are taking the exam. While they are filling it up, verify that the set they indicated in the sheet matches the actual set given to them.)

Let's say the sets have the following questions:

Set A: 2+5=, 6+2=, 3+3=, 0+9= (answers: 7 8 6 9)

Set B: 2+4=, 7+2=, 4+4=, 0+7= (answers: 6 9 8 7)

Set C: 3+5=, 5+2=, 5+5=, 0+6= (answers: 8 7 10 6)

Let's say that students X, Y, and Z were given sets A, B, and C, respectively. If student Y is seated in between X and Z and answers 7 8 6 9, then this is extremely strong evidence that student Y copied from student X (and not from Z). (The example I've given has four answers copied, but if there are much more, then the evidence would be stronger.) Keep the test papers of students X and Y (and maybe even Z) as evidence, but do return copies of the test papers to them.

Show the evidence to students X and Y. They may or they may not admit guilt. If they do, then obtain proof of it (a signed statement or a video). Submit all the evidence (including the admission of guilt) to the student disciplinary body*. There is a very good chance they will find the students guilty.

By showing the students that you report cases of cheating and that you win them, students will be less likely to cheat in your class in the future.

Note:

*I realize that my answer here is more appropriate for teachers of a course, and not for teaching assistants. If, in your institution, a teaching assistant is not supposed to go directly to the student disciplinary body, then present the evidence to the teacher. Your problem is now whether or not the teacher will act on it.

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This is an answer to your second question: "More importantly, what I should do for the future to the class to prevent cheating?"

I usually give different sets of exams; usually three is enough. Make sure students sitting next to each other have different sets assigned to them. Have the students sign an attendance sheet indicating what set they were given. (This sheet can be distributed while they are taking the exam. While they are filling it up, verify that the set they indicated in the sheet matches the actual set given to them.)

Let's say the sets have the following questions:

Set A: 2+5=, 6+2=, 3+3=, 0+9= (answers: 7 8 6 9)

Set B: 2+4=, 7+2=, 4+4=, 0+7= (answers: 6 9 8 7)

Set C: 3+5=, 5+2=, 5+5=, 0+6= (answers: 8 7 10 6)

Let's say that students X, Y, and Z were given sets A, B, and C, respectively. If student Y is seated in between X and Z and answers 7 8 6 9, then this is extremely strong evidence that student Y copied from student X (and not from Z). (The example I've given has four answers copied, but if there are much more, then the evidence would be stronger.) Keep the test papers of students X and Y (and maybe even Z) as evidence, but do return copies of the test papers to them.

Show the evidence to students X and Y. They may or they may not admit guilt. If they do, then obtain proof of it (a signed statement or a video). Submit all the evidence (including the admission of guilt) to the student disciplinary body. There is a very good chance they will find the students guilty.

By showing the students that you report cases of cheating and that you win them, students will be less likely to cheat in your class in the future.

This is an answer to your second question: "More importantly, what I should do for the future to the class to prevent cheating?"

I usually give different sets of exams; usually three is enough. Make sure students sitting next to each other have different sets assigned to them. Have the students sign an attendance sheet indicating what set they were given. (This sheet can be distributed while they are taking the exam. While they are filling it up, verify that the set they indicated in the sheet matches the actual set given to them.)

Let's say the sets have the following questions:

Set A: 2+5=, 6+2=, 3+3=, 0+9= (answers: 7 8 6 9)

Set B: 2+4=, 7+2=, 4+4=, 0+7= (answers: 6 9 8 7)

Set C: 3+5=, 5+2=, 5+5=, 0+6= (answers: 8 7 10 6)

Let's say that students X, Y, and Z were given sets A, B, and C, respectively. If student Y is seated in between X and Z and answers 7 8 6 9, then this is extremely strong evidence that student Y copied from student X (and not from Z). (The example I've given has four answers copied, but if there are much more, then the evidence would be stronger.)

Show the evidence to students X and Y. They may or they may not admit guilt. If they do, then obtain proof of it (a signed statement or a video). Submit all the evidence (including the admission of guilt) to the student disciplinary body.

This is an answer to your second question: "More importantly, what I should do for the future to the class to prevent cheating?"

I usually give different sets of exams; usually three is enough. Make sure students sitting next to each other have different sets assigned to them. Have the students sign an attendance sheet indicating what set they were given. (This sheet can be distributed while they are taking the exam. While they are filling it up, verify that the set they indicated in the sheet matches the actual set given to them.)

Let's say the sets have the following questions:

Set A: 2+5=, 6+2=, 3+3=, 0+9= (answers: 7 8 6 9)

Set B: 2+4=, 7+2=, 4+4=, 0+7= (answers: 6 9 8 7)

Set C: 3+5=, 5+2=, 5+5=, 0+6= (answers: 8 7 10 6)

Let's say that students X, Y, and Z were given sets A, B, and C, respectively. If student Y is seated in between X and Z and answers 7 8 6 9, then this is extremely strong evidence that student Y copied from student X (and not from Z). (The example I've given has four answers copied, but if there are much more, then the evidence would be stronger.) Keep the test papers of students X and Y (and maybe even Z) as evidence, but do return copies of the test papers to them.

Show the evidence to students X and Y. They may or they may not admit guilt. If they do, then obtain proof of it (a signed statement or a video). Submit all the evidence (including the admission of guilt) to the student disciplinary body. There is a very good chance they will find the students guilty.

By showing the students that you report cases of cheating and that you win them, students will be less likely to cheat in your class in the future.

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