I am in my final year of undergraduate. Another student, call him John, sent me a message on Facebook saying basically:
Can you send me the solutions to the assignment from unit X, that you took last year. In exchange, I will tell you what the future minitest questions are for unit Y that we are both doing this year.
Attempted Collusion is not explicitly mentioned in the Universities Academic misconduct guide. But, the mini-tests say at the top of each page:
IT IS NOT PERMITTED TO TAKE THIS PAPER AWAY FROM THE TUTORIAL SESSION OR TO DIVULGE ITS CONTENT
since students in the later tutorials could learn the questions from the students in the earlier tutorials (exactly as John proposed).
A complicating factor is that I really dislike John. He doesn't seem to have realised this. I find him personally annoying, and consider him a poor student. I don't understand how he has managed to pass enough units to have not been suspended for poor performance. It may be he is very good at exams, or it may be that he has been cheating all along.
I have a number of options, and could do one or more of them:
- Ignore it, and block him on Facebook. I'm worried this could reflect poorly on me if the message ever became public.
- Tell him no, and refer him to the universities plagiarism/cheating policy
- Speak to the Professor of Unit Y about it (that we are both studying).
- Speak to the Professor of Unit X about it.
- Speak to the Head of School (sub-department), who is above both units
- Speak to the University Dean. Who is in charge of enforcing the Academic Misconduct policy. (Will probably mean going though channels)
If I speak to a professor about this, he may be suspended. I worry that I am a bit too willing for that possibility as I don't like him. On the other hand it isn't my job to decide the consequences of his actions. Which is the best option?
Update: I spoke to the coordinators of units X and Y. Both said they would look into it and get back to me. I also responded to John, saying no, and referring him to the Academic Misconduct policy.