I'm 2 weeks away from being done with my program. A classmate & myself got caught looking at the quiz answers while the teacher left the room, but all of our 10 other classmates were benefiting from the answers also. Technically they were cheating also because they didn't go tell the instructor. We both got a 0 on our quiz. We go to a private college. Their policy says either suspension, warning or expulsion. I don't know what to do. My director told me I wouldn't get expulsion & she met with the school education director yesterday to make a decision, but was never told anything. Can they possibly kick me out with 2 weeks left of my program? What about the other 10 girls who were getting the answers? Shouldn't they technically be cheaters also because if the teacher wouldn't had walked in they would had the answers. Help!! I'm slowly dying. I own up I was wrong for doing what I did. I apologize to my instructor & director because that's not the type of student I am at all. I don't know what made me do what I did, but I happen & I know I am an adult.
That all depends on how important this test was. You say 'quiz': is it an informal test, a larger assessment, an exam? On the one hand your teacher should not have left the room [I have known this to happen before in university exams too] but you should also not have succumbed to temptation. You say other student 'benefited' from the answers? What does this mean - they didn't look at the answers themselves but they asked questions to those that did? A lot here is not clear.
It's completely down to a] the importance of the 'quiz' and b] your college. I would not expect them to suspend/expel you for a short test or assessment, but a major exam, maybe. Really I don't think anyone can give you a definitive answer, since it's so relative to your college. But at least going forward you'll know not to do this kind of thing again.
I'll address something the others haven't addressed yet.
What about the other 10 girls who were getting the answers?
It is absolutely none of your business what happens to the others in the class and not your judgement call to make. Forget about them and focus on yourself. Learn from your mistake and never let it happen again.