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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Can high school cheating hurt me for grad admissions?

I used to be a dumb cheater in high school. I was pretty smart but I still was cheating on things like dual credit courses at local colleges, and even AP exams. I ended up getting into a pretty good ...
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I witnessed massive cases of corruption and cheating in my university. Now what?

I have dedicated four years of my life in a journey at a so-called "respectable" university in the Middle East as an undergraduate student pursuing my degree. In this journey, a period ...
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Should I admit to accidentally cheating on an exam?

Like most students and professors during the pandemic, I attended my classes online for over a year. The online lectures weren't mandatory, and I stopped attending after the first day and relied on ...
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How often have advanced degrees been revoked due to misbehavior as an undergrad?

Has anyone ever lost their PH.D. or MA from something they did when they were an undergrad? I'm going to use an example of a college buddy who has an MA in history but bullshitted a project once as a ...
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Do I have to disclose my minor academic misconduct warning in graduate school applications?

In my freshman year, I had an academic misconduct issue and received a zero for that assignment as well as a warning on the internal record (normally will not be shown to anyone else). I felt so ...
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Is it academic dishonesty if I committed my exam answers into a private GitHub repo during an exam?

During an exam, I committed codes into my repository on GitHub. In this case, am I involved in academic dishonesty for providing answers in public even though my repository was set as private?
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I've been wrongfully accused of plagiarism. What can strengthen my case?

I submitted an assignment in February and I recently received an email accusing me of academic misconduct. I have just finished my second year of university and this is the first time that I have ever ...
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My professor send me an email that said I plagiarized and cheat

I am doing a closed and open book exam recently. I was working so hard on it and hoping to pass the exam. However, I received an email that said there’s an evidence that I plagiarized. I was crying ...
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Is it collusion?

Is it collusion to discuss your assignment after you and the other party have both submitted it? A friend of mine and I want to discuss our assignment after we have both submitted it. The assessment ...
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Could the credits for a course be revoked if it is discovered that a student had cheated in the course's prerequisite class? [closed]

I am a college student in the US. Over a year ago, I took a course that moved online because of the pandemic. The course in question is a graduation requirement. The class's lack of exam proctoring ...
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What is the best way to confront students that I believe are cheating?

I have a very strong suspicion that a final written exam of a student was written by another student of mine. The style, the wording, even font, etc. are just way too similar to be random. I am ...
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Can someone else claim that their name should be on our paper because they have been working on the same problem?

A few months ago, in our group meeting, my advisor brought up a problem in the field that might be interesting for us to think about it. Although it was not related to my PhD, since I was going for my ...
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What should I do about past academic dishonesty?

I graduated last year from a prestigious university where I was in general a very good student. I am now applying to graduate programs. The class (upper-level undergraduate mathematics) had moved to ...
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Do I have to disclose academic dishonesty on a grad application?

When I was a freshman I got caught cheating on a homework (really just looked at a similar question online trying to figure out how and filled in the wrong number) and got a 0 on the assignment. I'm ...
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Is it cheating to get help with graded homework?

Suppose a person X asks person Y to explain some material from a course. Person X shows Y some homework that counts for a third of the grade and asks for help. They go through the homework, with Y ...
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I have been rightfully caught with plagiarism in my Math finals online, will I be able to continue my academic path? [closed]

I am a first-year Physics student and I decide to challenge myself by taking a Math course that's well above my level. I was doing pretty well during the first half of the semester with offline ...
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Academic misconduct [closed]

My professor sent out an email saying he had evidence of me cheating in a Physics class. Exam was done on gradescope. And I don’t really know what evidence he has. He is requesting a zoom meeting with ...
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Did I cheat on an exam by knowing a solution in advance?

I am a mathematics student in the US. For a recent exam, I achieved one of the highest scores. The problem is that the final question was intended to be a challenge, rather than one "average&...
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Should I own up to posting questions on Chegg?

So long story short, I'm a current studying biomedical sciences at a Canadian university (University A), and I ended up posting some questions on Chegg last year. I can't get them removed, but haven't ...
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Do I tell my teachers that I want them to change my seat because my classmates keep on telling me to sit next to them on exams and I can't say no? [closed]

I am the smartest (or nerdiest) person in my class and my classmates who I have spent a lot of my time helping during the school year, whether with homework or explaining parts they didn't understand ...
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Head of the department said statistics exams must be done without software, otherwise it's cheating. What can I do as a lecturer? [closed]

I am a statistics lecturer at a university. For midterms and short exams, I have students use software such as StatCrunch or Excel for computational questions, but not theoretical questions. The head ...
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Why do instructors not pursue academic integrity violations?

As a Ph.D. student, I have TA'd many classes, and it seems every semester, we have caught at least one person for directly copying homework answers from a previous year's solutions. In most cases (...
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How can I prove that my students bought their exam answers?

If you google some obvious search phrases, you will find a number of web sites where students can pay people to take their online exams for them. If I am convinced that a student has used such a ...
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Should I even ask my physics instructor for a letter of recommendation for my common app if I committed academic dishonesty in his course?

I go to a high school that allows us to attend college classes to obtain an associate's degree. I had this instructor for both physics 251 and physics 252 (calculus-based physics). I feel like he ...
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Would it be cheating to say we did things we didn't in teamwork project report?

I am studying an undergrad CS course about agile project management. We are supposed to create a project using agile techniques and document how we did it. The project is finished, but some people on ...
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What should I do if I did someone else's homework a few years ago?

A few years ago, while I was working as a freelancer, I did something very stupid. On a freelancing website someone posted a few exercises about ordinary differential equations and asked someone to ...
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If my professor turns a blind eye to cheating should I just follow suit?

Basically the title, I reported cheating and he said, to summarize, "I don't have the time, and cheaters only harm themselves anyway, and they'll find out later down the road." Anyway, I ...
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Two-thirds of my class colluded. Should I report them to the academic offences committee?

I teach a module in an electrical engineering MSc programme in the UK for which the students are given a technical project that carries 25% of the total marks. The project is a group assignment and ...
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Some of my students cheated. Should I give them the opportunity to turn themselves in?

So, this is an online test and some of my students have identical answers (including mistakes and typos!). My plan is to send an email to the class giving the cheaters a chance to come forward for a ...
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Is it practically possible to conduct examinations without human supervision?

I am contemplating a mechanism where mass entrance examinations will be conducted fully online with zero human supervision. But the main hurdle seems to be mass cheating. For instance, in countries ...
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Should I notify a med school about their student's cheating history?

I know this individual who has lied on their medical school application by not disclosing a disciplinary action that they received and is now about to matriculate. They explicitly told me this, in ...
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Falsely Accused of Cheating from Blackboard Tracking Statistics - How to Prove Innocence

My professor accused me of cheating on a exam I took a few months ago by accessing the exam before I was supposed to (I had arranged to take it later than the other students in the class.) His sole ...
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What should I do if the professor gave me zero points on exam because he thought I was cheating even though I wasn't? [closed]

Recently I had a Java exam at university. Usually how I prep for this kind of programming exam is studying with my best friend. We were studying object oriented programming using lists, double linked ...
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I uploaded my test questions to a website (so I could cheat), but then thought better of it and didn't use the answers. How to proceed?

So, I was taking my exam, and there were two questions I really had no clue on, and I was running out of time on. So I quickly went to a website and posted pictures of my exam questions and asked for ...
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Could trying to prove myself after being accused of academic dishonesty cause me to get a more severe penalty if I don't do well?

I have been accused of cheating on my math final. I did not cheat. There was no "trial" and the only evidence is that (1) my hands were out of the frame, and (2) my work "looked like a ...
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Reviewing a paper with suspiciously good results

I'm currently reviewing a paper which deals with iris recognition, submitted to a top conference in the field of biometrics. The paper's main contribution is a recognition model that, while presented ...
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Does it make sense to reward the entire class with better grades if (and only if) no cheating is detected?

In online classes, I've seen academic integrity cases skyrocket, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. It got me wondering if it is possible to create a grading scheme based around reward instead of ...
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Accused of cheating on a class that I passed a year ago. Can my "pass" be revoked? Could this missing prerequisite affect other classes I have passed?

I’ve been accused of cheating in a class that I passed a year ago, and since then I have proceeded to pass the next class in line after that class. This class was a first year class, I’m now in my ...
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Previous publication of my supervisor and a post-doc is a lie

I am in a bit of a situation. Basically, the research on which I was basing my PhD was carried out by a former post-doc in our group. After one year and a half not being able to replicate his results, ...
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Deal with academic failure as an undergraduate

There are many students (subject being basic sciences) in my university (considered a good university in India) who simply do not care about the subject in a course but have stellar grades. They aren'...
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Tons of People Cheating on Exams which hampers my grade [closed]

To give you some context we recently had our final exams and I barely managed to cross the threshold to get a 10 GPA in the course. I later found out tons of people had cheated on that course and ...
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How should project based assessments be implemented in order to prevent cheating?

Project based assessments are advocated by some as an alternative to oral exams and written exams for assessing students' knowledge at the end of a course, for example here: How to detect cheating ...
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Accused of copying code for autograded assignment [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate studying computer science at a local community college. Currently, I'm enrolled in an intro computer programming class that I unfortunately am unable to test out of (I asked my ...
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Would an international student A in the US helping another international student B in Europe cheating be punished by US university?

I have a quick question about a hypothetical situation: An international student A in the US helped another international student B in the Europe finish the entire several homework assignments and an ...
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Is the Chegg Honor Shield tool an effective promotor of Academic Honesty?

Many college instructors have been struggling with a significant rise in cheating in the last year, notably in the context of required distance learning and online testing during the time of the COVID ...
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Consequences of taking classes for someone else

I am a low-income undergraduate student at a US university. Last semester, another student approached me and offered to pay me a lot of money if I take one class for him. Because of my family’s ...
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Academic dishonesty after acceptance of graduate school

I am being accused of academic dishonesty on a problem for a class this year. I have already accepted an offer to a Ph.D program and if I am convicted, there will be no mark on the final transcript I ...
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I may get caught cheating on my finances exam [duplicate]

Long story short I just had two exams - one after the other. One required me to use LockDown Browser and the other one was in CANVAS. The second class is Finances and I asked a friend who already ...
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Allegation of Academic Offence [duplicate]

I received an email from the university saying that the similarity report for my work identified that one of my answers shows a similarity to the answer within the script of a fellow student. They are ...
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My students are planning on taking an exam together via Zoom

I am a college instructor at a university in the United States. I am giving an exam to my students in a few days, and I am aware that some of them are having conversations about making a Zoom meeting ...
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