Briefly, I am currently offering my services as a math tutor on a dedicated website. Recently, a university student contacted me and offered me money to help him cheat an incoming exam. The arrangement would be easy since the exam will take place online, due to COVID-19 (the student would send me the exam text and I would send it back to him, once completed).
I have refused due to ethical reasons. Now, I have identified the precise university and course, and I am wondering if I should warn the course professor that at least one anonymous student has attempted such an arrangement.
I have thought some arguments pro and against:
- such kind of cheating is obvious and warning the professor would serve no purpose. I would just annoy the professor.
- It could happen that the professor will ask me to identify the student. I don't know the student's name, but I have some information about him that could identify him. Now, in this case, I would refuse to attempt to identify the student because 1) no actual cheating has happened yet and 2) it is a can of worms I don't want to open 3) I don't want to see anybody reprehended, I just would like to prevent the cheating from happening
- there are ways to prevent the cheating from happening (browser lock + full webcam view of the student would make this kind of cheating quite difficult). Thus the warning is not meaningless.
- Even if the professor has already considered the possibility of such an arrangement, it is still the right thing to do, and the professor won't be annoyed in either case.
- Realistically, the professor won't ask me to identify the student.
These are my thoughts about the matter. I am open to advise. Especially, I would like to know the opinion of actual university professors, if possible.