As the title says, I took an exam in a small room with one other student. One of the TAs proctored the exam. We were in a separate room because the student and I had accommodations (I have severe exam anxiety).
In the room, there were no physical clocks. The TA had to showcase the exam questions on a screen using a projector and he also included a timer. The timer was supposed to time each section of the exam (3 parts) and I realized that after the first section ended, the timer did not reset.
This is where I know I should’ve asked the TA to reset the timer but I was too anxious to bother the other person and figured since she didn’t ask it, I shouldn’t bother her and make a fuss.
This is where I made a big mistake. I took out my phone started checking the time. I did it several times and I thought the TA would not notice since I put it between my thighs.
However, after the exam ended, I received an email from the TA asking if I used my phone because he saw me “scrolling” on it.
I did not in fact cheat or anything because I was too traumatized from the first time I got caught cheating (at the start of the pandemic). Since I experienced what the academic integrity violation process is like, I made sure to not cheat again. For reference, the incident is in my record and I not only got a 0 in the test but I also had a letter grade reduction.
I got very anxious when I read the email and I admitted that I had my phone but that I only used it to keep track of time. I offered to show my Screentime (on iPhone) which shows that I didn’t use any application throughout the exam and that the data is uneditable.
The TA told me he’ll get back to me after contacting the professor. I’m overly anxious about what will happen. Is there anything I should do?
Should I send an email to both the TA and prof about my previous disciplinary action and that my academic scholarship from my home country’s government is on the line?
Should I go to my professor’s office tomorrow morning?