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Questions tagged [cheating]

Pertaining to preventing, punishing, or handling the consequences of academic dishonesty in coursework or examinations. Also, defining what constitutes academic dishonesty. (For questions on dishonesty in the research and/or research publication process, use 'research-misconduct' instead.)

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Academic dishonesty — math graduate school admissions

I have been somewhat incorrectly convicted of copying another student's test, and the prospects of reversing this seem doubtful. My school's policy is somewhat more lenient here due to it being a ...
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“Undeserved” patent attribution

I work with professor from my college and it seems like we are close to invention, so he said me to collaborate with his old friend and patent it. All amount of work was divided between us unequally. ...
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Detect cheating in Microsoft Excel submissions

I have a homework assignment where I require students to create a set of pivot charts in Microsoft Excel. I know that I can reduce cheating by changing datasets or chart specifications around, but ...
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How do I apologize to my teacher for cheating?

In my Chemistry class, we had a quiz and I helped another student cheat by showing him the answers on my paper but the teacher caught us. I know what I did is wrong and I know I deserve punishment, ...
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Citation in examination

In a course, the professor sets an open book exam with the restriction that students can use only class notes and textbook in any electronic device(mobile, laptop, etc). In short, no internet during ...
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I believe fellow TAs are giving students answers and inflating their tutorial average, what should I do?

I am first-year graduate student doing teaching assistance for an introductory calculus course. The course is taught by four instructors, with 12 teaching assistants in total and I am one of them. ...
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How much professional assistance can I receive on an undergraduate capstone design project without cheating?

I'm taking the undergraduate capstone design course in electrical engineering at a university in the U.S. and I've been receiving some programming help from a friend who is not, nor ever has been, a ...
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Should I be worried of being accused of cheating?

So I just took a very simple, all-multiple choice test. I will straight up say I did not cheat, put bags phone etc across the room from where I sat, and the test was very easy. I marked all questions ...
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Is it fair to use techniques I found on the web to solve my assignment?

I'd want to get perspective on what I feel is an unjustified case of academic misconduct. I am taking a mathematics subject and part of my assignment was to submit answers to questions given. One ...
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What is the appropriate response to students who peek at the exam questions before the exam starts?

I have been an invigilator for several exams for large classes. I am not formally affiliated with the classes. One thing I routinely notice is that, despite warnings, there will always be some ...
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Has the student responsibility for not cheating?

If a student is cheating, he can be caught or not caught. If he is caught, it's not obvious what to do. There are options with different strategies: The students are themselves responsible for not ...
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Professor does not care about cheating, what should TA do?

I am a PhD student, working as a Homework marking TA in a school where cheating is extremely blatant. The university has an extremely strict policy against cheating. Hundreds of students in math ...
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Accused of cheating by proctor due to information on scrap sheet [closed]

Sorry if this is a bit long. I took a final for an intro elective (I'm a college senior), a pretty easy A- GPA booster class (average before this final was 90+). I have learning disorders so I get ...
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open-note essay exam with the questions given ahead of time, what is considered cheating?

I'm taking a class this semester through an online program. We have an essay exam due on Thursday every week that is open-book, open-notes, etc., we're even asked to cite the textbook and other ...
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Is my approach to discouraging whiners from taking my class acceptable?

I am writing a syllabus for a Calculus for Business class. When I taught the last year, I had some very weak but vocal students whine that the tests were tough (despite other students doing fine), the ...
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Recommended course weight for online quizzes outside of class

In many of my classes (mainly with undergraduate students), I begin every class session with a reading quiz, that is, a short, simple multiple-choice quiz on their assigned reading, to make sure that ...
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What steps can US undergraduates take to reduce the frequency and severity of assignment of unearned grades, as from grade inflation and cheating?

The book Academically Adrift, by two University of Chicago professors, is one salient source. The following refers to collegiate institutions in the United States. Reports, including from professors ...
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What to do if I have seen an exam before I have taken it?

Today I saw a photograph of an upcoming exam at my university. At first I thought it was last year's exam; so I took a closer look at it as I think it is okay to see last year's exams even if they ...
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Being a Dishonest Cheat. How do I live with this? [closed]

First things first. I am not a good person - I have never pretended to be. But I tried to make my parents (more importantly my dad) proud. Today I screwed up. I sat for an exam that I don't understand ...
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What is the justification for the typical punishment of a student who did not cheat but helped others cheat?

Imagine this scenario: you're in an exam. Somebody asks for your help to answer a question. You help them (whisper the answer, slip them a note, whatever). You get caught. You get punished. That's ...
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I helped friend on exam by writing answers in large font size, and didn't erase it properly. Will I get into trouble?

The answer contained 4 words, I wrote them in a large font size. I erased them at the last minute, but it's still visible if you see it closely. Can lecturer accuse me of cheating in this case?
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Any chance of math grad school?

In my freshman year of undergrad I was a chemistry major. However, I hated it and because I hated it I did not do well in my chemistry classes. Because of this, I cheated on a midterm as well as a ...
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Cheating during a test

I took a test today morning and I saw that the person sitting next to me used her phone repeatedly, I believe it was to check the power point slides for answers. The fact that this student also asked ...
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How does the testing method and possibility of cheating in an entirely online degree affect the value of the degree?

Although my question can't be answered absolutely, I'll try to state it in a way that's as close as possible. I'm considering earning an entirely online Software Engineering bachelors degree from a ...
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What is the rationale behind requiring a meeting before filing academic misconduct charges?

Some universities have a rule that, for example, "if it appears that a student in your class may be guilty of academic misconduct, you must promptly ask the student to meet with you informally to ...
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What can I do about undergraduate students cheating?

So I lecture at a university on the department of mathematics and statistics, and this year I am teaching calculus for future mathematicians. One good thing about the mathematics course is that very ...
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Student caught cheating when leaving class after handing me the exam

Usually I am quite clear that cheating and plagiarism are unacceptable. Although every semester I have to deal with several cases of plagiarism, I had not expected students to brazenly cheat in exams. ...
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Ethical Dilemma at University program [closed]

I'm currently about to graduate from a US university with a MS as I didn't make it to the PhD program. For whatever reasons I was rejected even after performing quite well compared to other PhD ...
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Cheating on Homework Assignment [closed]

So I messed up really bad and cheated on a homework assignment. I got a negative one for that assignment. I'm in my first year of undergraduate school in the US, second semester. I am so upset with ...
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What to do if a student claims to have turned in the homework but I could not find it?

I am teaching a course in a college and assignment homework on a regular basis. Usually I collect all homework in the class and later my student secretary grades all the homework and return them to ...
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What would happen if I took my professor's accusation of cheating to court? [closed]

I was caught cheating during an university exam. The professor promptly failed me for the class. If I decided to take this issue to court, claiming that the professor has no evidence of my cheating, ...
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Do you agree that cheating on exams provides an unfair advantage? Do you think it is “okay” to tell on your peers? [closed]

This is inspired by another persons question regarding weather or not it is okay to tell on your peers for cheating during exams. Since I am new to the site, I am having difficulty responding to the ...
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Most common ways of cheating on exams?

I've been thinking how I proctor and design exams, and I suspect (from things I hear) that there is much more cheating than I find evidence of. What are the most common ways university students cheat,...
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Is looking up the source of tests and using those to practice considered cheating?

The question (Is studying past exams I found online cheating?) was sort of relevant but did not answer my question, so please do not mark this question as a duplicate: Onto my dilemma: I recently ...
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Is it ethical to do paid literature searches of research journals for other students?

Is it unethical to research journals for other students? For example, a student is researching gifted students and their subsequent ACT/SAT scores. Then: Would it be unethical for me to research ...
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Best practices when allowing exam cheat sheets

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal-arts college in the US. I am currently teaching an applied mathematics course for about thirty students with business-related ...
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Is it okay to typeset someone’s to-be-graded assignment for them?

I have a friend who’s an undergraduate at university. I believe myself to be fairly proficient in TeX/LaTeX; I’ve seen some of the assignments that he’s received back, and we both agree they could ...
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Cheated on an exam when I was eight years old. Should I tell graduate admissions?

I cheated at a language exam when I was eight years old. I finished early and noticed that I had accidentally left a dictionary in my drawer. I double-checked my answers and promptly got caught. The ...
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Fellow student asked question from take-home exam on Stack Exchange

In an advanced university course on computer science and problem solving, one of my fellow students asked for a solution to a home exam on one of the Stack Exchange sites. The question he asked is ...
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Dealing with aggressive student suspected to be cheating

In a previous test one of my TAs discovered a fraudulent pattern in six of the exams. The answers were uncomfortably similar, actually identical in many places. I called the students to my office and ...
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Reporting a student who cheats

Firstly, I do not believe this to be a duplicate of the related recently posted question due to the key fact that that user was anonymous to his class and I am not. This has happened 3 times now. ...
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How to prevent students from using modified calculators to cheat on exams?

Recently my faculty (mathematics and statistics) and I have been dealing with widespread cheating due to calculators that have been modified so as to have more functionality than is permitted. At my ...
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Advice for interacting with students reported for cheating on their midterms

We (professors + TAs) are reporting a few students for cheating on their midterms to the head of undergraduate studies. We had been monitoring their activities pretty closely, since we noticed they ...
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Can my master thesis be a part of doctoral dissertation of the Ph.D student I worked with?

I had been working on a project for my masters thesis under a doctoral student, which is eligible for a paper publication. But after finishing more than half of the project, my supervisor suddenly ...
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How can I prevent students from writing answers on an assignment, then claiming I didn't see their answer?

What is a good way to prevent students from writing an answer after you hand back a graded assignment (exam/homework) and claiming that you did not see their answer? It is clear to me that this ...
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Handling “contraband” tattoos in closed-book exams [closed]

I'm wondering how a proctor of a closed-book exam should approach the case where a student has a tattoo that would double as a cheat sheet. Maybe they think the math looks cool, or they got a nice ...
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How will graduate programs view me with an academic integrity violation? [closed]

I am applying to PhD programs and many have a section in their application asking if I have been found in violation of some sort of academic integrity council in my university. I have been found in ...
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When is it acceptable to report classmates who cheat on an exam? [duplicate]

So for one of my computer science classes, we have a WhatsApp chat among all students in the class to network and help each other out with questions regarding homework, or if we have any confusion on ...
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Should I scold the act of cheating before an exam?

Usually when I'm applying an exam on my students, right before giving them the questions sheet, I tell them not to cheat. I usually warn them that I will not be inspecting their every move, but I will ...
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Is it cheating to give someone my old exam revision notes?

Last year I completed an exam at University and a friend is doing the same exam/class this year. Would it be cheating if I gave her my revision notes of the semester (written before I did the exam)? ...