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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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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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)? ...
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Only one student answered an exam question - and I strongly suspect he cheated

Today we (professors + teaching assistants) proctored a midterm exam for a class of about 80 students. There was undoubtedly a "hardest" question on the exam, since nearly the entire classroom of ...
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How do I clear my name when wrongfully accused of cheating? [closed]

I'm pursing an online engineering degree at ASU. In a introduction circuit class, I have a flimsy idea of what I'm doing and little time (each class is only 7 weeks long) to try to figure it out, so ...
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Can instructors fail honest students when tests are too hard because most students are cheating? [duplicate]

I am in Nursing school. I can prove that 80-90% of students have cheated every semester. They pass test banks around in email, text or Instant Messenger. Every semester I've come forward (5 ...
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How to handle an obsession about being 100% academically honest

I’m an undergraduate student, and I find that multiple times (each week), I have an obsessive need to make sure something I’m doing is allowed/accepted. I do this by asking the TA/Professor for my ...
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If a student is dismissed, is (or how is) that indicated on their transcript?

As faculty, I've had to report academic misconduct (usually plagiarism) many times but that doesn't mean I know everything about how it works. My understanding has always been that the only people ...
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Suspected a person had an affair with the professor

I was a TA for a summer course, and a student in the class somehow managed to get nearly perfect score on all the assignments/midterms/final exam. I am suspecting that the person had an affair with ...
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Can departments sanction students who do not take sufficient precautions to protect their work?

One of my colleagues was teaching an introductory programming course this past spring. He discovered several students cheating by taking code from a public GitHub repository, which contained all the ...
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Fear of Cheating [closed]

I have a weird problem. In one of my classes, I have a relatively good grade. However, for some reason, I feel as if I don't deserve this grade. I have this strange feeling that I "cheated" in the ...
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Is it cheating on lab report homework if a peer points out calculation error that you then fix before submission?

I am in a science class in which we have to write lab reports. Lab reports count for a significant part of our grade. I was working on my lab report but before I got to check over my calculations, a ...
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How to react when a team of colleagues obviously made up some results?

In a recent paper, a team of colleagues published results that are clearly made up. I am 100 % sure of that because my position at the university involves the management of the animals they used in ...
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Is it reasonable to report another student for cheating when it has no impact on me?

I currently am studying on an Undergraduate Maths course, in my third year. At my university there are various modules from which students can pick to make up the required number of credits for the ...
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Falsely accused of providing project code to others in a class

I am an undergraduate student studying computer science. A student that I know told me tonight that in a class she is taking this semester, she was reported by the autograder that code she and her ...
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Is it okay for me to violate my school's honor policy by ghostwriting others' papers for money? [closed]

I've been asked to write a paper for someone else at my school and it has made me question whether I'd be doing a horrible thing by agreeing. I have done it and accepted pay before now. My papers are ...
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Why don't first-world universities use video surveillance to catch in-class cheating?

With so many first-world universities upgrading their academic buildings with state-of-the-art classrooms that have advanced technology, eg, capability to record lectures and post them on websites ...
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Caught cheating [closed]

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 ...
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What are the ethical considerations when publishing a cheating technique?

Suppose I have devised a way to cheat at cards, exams or any other situation in which secret communication with other people or machines provides unfair advantage. The method is novel and uses ...
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Got Caught Telling My Friend Something Need Help! [closed]

Okay so I am a Computer Science student Today was our Programming Fundamentals paper basically I am very good in Programming so I finished my paper early and was so happy after leaving the exam class ...
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Is it wrong to unintentionally withhold information?

I recently posted something related to this (If an assumption proves to be false, is the research then meaningless?), but it is still bothering me. As I mentioned in that last post, I conducted my ...
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why should you tell on a cheater on a test? [duplicate]

how would you tell on a cheater?
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Falsely accused of cheating in college [closed]

I finished up a final exam right before the holidays, it was 10 questions, fully mathematically explained questions, and just after the holidays, I got an email from my professor saying that I am ...
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Other students report that a student faked illness and asked classmates about the final exam before taking a makeup. Is it academic dishonesty?

I am an instructor at an American university. A student of mine, Student H, claimed that he was very sick and had to miss the final exam. Based on my trusting students in general, I allowed Student H ...
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Is it plagiarism if I copy somebody else's answer I already solved but misplaced?

For an assignment, I was supposed to do some tedious calculations and essentially compute a certain number of things and then just list them as answers, one after another, without the calculations. ...
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Writing a recommendation letter for a student I reported for academic dishonesty

A few years ago, I reported a student for academic dishonesty (in a graduate-level mathematics course, they were copying solutions off the internet, nearly verbatim). After acknowledging their wrong-...
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Academic Misconduct with alternate exam? Minimizing damage?

An individual I know is in an interesting situation and I was just wondering what you guys thought about it. This individual had an exam conflict and emailed the instructor to arrange an alternate ...
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I used a solution that I happened to already have on my laptop on an exam. Did I cheat?

In a programming in-class test, one of the problems was to write up a certain famous program in Maple. However, I had already written up this program prior to the test just as a hobby, and it was in a ...
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Is there any research done on ideal proctoring algorithms?

I am a grad student TA and I proctor exams. I want to know, what is the best way to proctor? As in, paths to take while walking, when to stand, when to walk, etc. Is there any rigorous studies on ...
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Should a professor give students a take-home exam when the answers might be available online?

A professor at a top USA university recently assigned a take-home exam for a masters-level computer science course. One of the questions was extremely difficult, but the answer was available online. ...
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Accused of cheating, without anyone witnessing it? [closed]

During a 3 hour midterm, my phone was confiscated because I had it on my person, when we weren't suppose to have the phone with us. My phone was on the chair in between my legs, but I was not using it....
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Is studying past exams I found online cheating? [duplicate]

I had an exam this morning. Last week the teacher had warned us that her exams are tough; this scared me. I wanted to see what her exams were like, so to study I searched through the exam repository ...
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Do academic integrity pledges work?

Our students are asked to sign an "academic integrity" pledge with each assignment and exam, vowing that they have not given nor received unauthorized assistance on the assignment. What (peer-...
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i was caught cheating in my exam, I know it's wrong and I know I'm not stupid, it's just that how should I deal with it? [closed]

I didn't really study much for the exam because I overslept due to hormones and I know it is not an excuse but anyway during the exam, my class mate passed me a paper with answers in it and by the way ...
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How to minimize cheating while running a computer-based quiz?

I will be teaching a course that has a significant programming component. I would like to evaluate students' programming skills using a computer-based quiz/exam, because it seems to me that this is a ...
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Am I obliged to tell students that there are different versions of the exam?

This past term, I was teaching in a collaborative classroom where students sit together at round tables. This works well for in-class activities and peer learning, but is the not exactly the best ...
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an honest A grade student cheating? [closed]

A friend asked me to post this. I am an A grade undergraduate student who participated in many competitions and won many trophies for the Uni. So basically, during a final exam, a proctor felt that ...
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A Student turned in an essay answer to a question I haven't asked yet. What to do?

A student turned in a bunch of homework assignments, poorly organized and many not labeled. One of them was on a topic for several weeks from now. The student turned in a short essay for the ...
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Is it plagiarism to hire a freelance programmer for an assignment but change a lot of it before you submit it?

I took freelancer tutor help for a Python programming coursework during my MS but did not submit the exact code he gave, I refracted it and changed a lot of it. Is it considered plagiarism? I am ...
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My partner posted our code on Github and I am now being investigated for cheating. What to do?

Last year I took a class where we had to work with a partner on programming assignments. Apparently someone's solution from this year has a 50% match with our solution from last year. I did not ...