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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Should I disclose academic misconduct on a grad application?

I am applying to a master's programs right now and am in a bind. My professor accused me of academic misconduct in one of my undergraduate classes. After I submitted my assignment I had asked a ...
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Is referring to a textbook solution considered academic dishonesty?

There are weekly homework assignments based on a textbook. We will finish each problem set and hand that in every two weeks. Since the assignments are straight out of the textbook, it is very easy ...
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Am I allowed to show properly redacted exams to a colleague to determine if cheating occurred?

On an exam I recently administered, I discovered that several students had turned in essentially the same solutions for multiple questions. Before launching an academic dishonesty investigation, ...
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Is it okay to share work submitted for undergraduate assessment online?

I'm an undergraduate theoretical physics student in the UK nearing the end of my degree. Over the course of my studies, I've produced a lot of computational code and written reports that I think would ...
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Were any Russian diploma mills once prestigious universities?

Like many countries, the Russian Federation seems to have a lot of diploma mills that grant academic degrees to anyone who will pay the enrolment fees (and possibly fulfill some nominal academic ...
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Moral dilemma in unwittingly being paid to complete a student's work

I am a computer science freelancer who takes on medium-sized projects I can complete in a month or less. I was approached by someone who wanted a set of 12 tutorials at least 500 words each about ...
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How will academic misconduct as a first year undergraduate affect graduate studies admission?

I am a 1st year undergraduate student and I just put myself in trouble this week by cheating in a midterm exam. This is my first offence, so I still have a 2nd chance and, trust me, I will learn from ...
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What can students do if a professor penalizes an entire class because one student cheated on an exam?

Today, I was taking a test in my intro to sociology course. It is a difficult enough class when the minimum requirement for an A is 96%. It is also difficult when the professor gets off-topic and does ...
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Someone reported cheating during a quiz, but I didn't catch it myself

There was a weekly quiz in a TA discussion section I led today. During the quiz I was writing things I planned to talk on the board and didn't pay attention to students. Then one student suddenly ...
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Why is it reasonable to believe that this student handed in a term paper from another class?

I have a student who has handed in a term paper from another class, only changing the title page, and he claims that he only put the due date for the current course's term paper on the cover sheet of ...
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Is it plagiarism to reference a fictitious source?

I'm dealing with a student essay that references three books in support of a claim. None of the books referenced have authors listed, and, based on the contents of the student's essay, I can't find ...
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Continuum from collaboration on homework to copying

Some of the work I grade does not seem to be copied verbatim, but also seems close enough that one student or another is being a parrot and does not totally understood what they are saying. My ...
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Cheated in Undergrad setting

While in undergrad in my final semester, I cheated on an exam and got caught. The teacher gave me a zero on the exam, I got a C- in the class, and I got a warning from the Dean's Office, which is on ...
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Accused of cheating on masters final; afraid that appeal will bring retaliation (ruining PhD applications)

A friend of mine is finishing up a masters program and has applied to PhD programs around the nation last fall, as well as within the existing college. She had received several glowing letters of ...
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Are professors allowed to accuse someone of cheating based on a general increase in test scores?

Let’s say a professor has seen that the average score for the midterm exam was a grade and a half higher than it was in previous years. Because of this he gained a reasonable suspicion of cheating (he ...
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Ethically, should you report cheating that you learned of indirectly? [closed]

Six classmates and myself have been in the same program for the past 2 years and one of them just informed me of another classmate that sits beside him of cheating on exams, so I informed the ...
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Friend's Involvement in Plagiarism [duplicate]

So, I've edited the question to hopefully give more clarity on the situation: I've recently learned that my friend ( A ) assisted in plagiarism for another student ( B ) by completing the vast ...
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I was caught having my phone out during a final, but I failed the test so would I still get referred to the dean? [closed]

So I had my phone on me while taking my final and one of the TAs asked if I did which I admitted to having it; he then just asked me to place it on the desk next to me and leave it there for the rest ...
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cheating in theoretical exams as there is no time! [closed]

We all know cheating in exams is almost an academic crime. However, a friend of mine has some extraordinary circumstances.. He works full time job and studies at uni at the same time five days a week ...
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Cheating university in the name of university campus in Malaysia. [closed]

Can any higher educational institution use 'university campus' title for their unnamed building when they run franchise program from UK university? Nottingham Ran Franchise https://www....
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I reported several students for cheating, will anything ever be done by the math dept? [closed]

There was an elaborate scheme to cheat on an in-class final exam a couple of semesters ago. Students in the back of the room set up an exam-swapping strategy: circle a problem that you didn't know ...
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What to do when my course-mates are making up research results for a class paper?

My course-mates and I have a scientific paper to do for a class and, despite having had almost 3 months to do it, no one has done anything (or at least tried to do anything) on the research, and now ...
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I could see what part of the exam paper another student seemed to be focusing on, now I'm worried I was cheating [closed]

I suffer from OCD and intrusive thoughts. I was once in a test and we were given this extract on a page. I had been analysing the top part of the extract, only. Then, I may have seen the other ...
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What to do when some students pay someone to solve their exams projects and thesis?

There are some students on my masters program in mathematics who don't even know the basics of mathematics like an example of a continuous function or similar. They pay someone else to solve the ...
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What questions should I ask to find out originality of students’ work?

As a TA, I should review undergraduate students’ works, containing reports and computer codes in order to find out whether plagiarism or cheating occurred or not. I tried to use online and offline ...
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Professor sleeps in class and makes cheating easy

I’m a senior in my final year of a B.S. degree in Engineering in the United States. One of my professors is in a geriatric state (he is not tenured). His class is largely themed around student ...
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Is reusing old code for a new assignment considered self plagiarism? How to protect yourself if you consider it to be, and a group partner does not?

I am taking a graduate machine learning course and am working with another student in the class on a final project. In his undergraduate studies, the other student wrote code that accomplished a ...
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Should I report a graduate student who “hires” other people to do their coursework?

Should I report a graduate student who "hires" other people to do their coursework? Is this a proper course of action to take? I understand the repercussions will be outstanding for the individual. ...
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Is it considered cheating if I purchase an essay but then don't use it?

According to one of my friend's suggestion, I visited a website and was going to find some tutoring support, then I ended up hiring a person to write the essay. However, I changed my mind and I did ...
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How should I react to seeing another student cheat on an exam?

Today I took my midterm exam for one of my classes. I saw that a student next to me was using her phone, and as I turned my head she hid it. At the end of the exam I wrote a note to my professor, I ...
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Why is it unethical to share the contents of an exam with students who haven't taken it yet?

Ever since I have known the term academic integrity, I have known that it is bad to breach it––I have known that it is in my best interest to maintain academic integrity and in the best interest of ...
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Is there any way to detect high tech (e.g. cell-phone assisted) academic dishonesty?

Over the last few years, our university has seen a rise in high-tech academic dishonesty. We have a no electronics policy, except calculators when needed (even those now are provided by the school, ...
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Can a university retract a degree for actions taken after the degree is awarded?

I was looking at this question on The Workplace, where in the asker was considering doing homework for students for a fee. My initial thought was that it's possible he went to the same university*, ...
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Should I report cheating to my professor? If so, how?

My professor reuses old tests. I have no idea why she told us this, but she did. In class today I noticed someone reviewing last years test, with the answers circled, on their computer in google drive,...
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Will a dishonesty incident destroy the chances of getting into a good PhD program?

This is going to be a long post but I believe is the only way to understand my situation. I studied B.Sc in Information Systems Engineering in a small private university in Latin America, it's not a ...
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Student reported me for cheating when I did not [closed]

Two classmates have reported me for cheating on a quiz, I don't know their intentions why but I did not cheat. They told the professor I was using my computer to Google questions as the quiz was ...
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What to do when wrongfully accused of cheating? [closed]

For a couple of days ago I had an in class online quiz consisting of multiple choices. I had read and prepared for the quiz and got a 80%, not too well but not bad either. Several days after the ...
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Where to submit an article exposing widespread fraud in academia? [closed]

Where would be the best place to submit an article for publication arguing that the conventional mathematics curriculum including calculus and the courses leading up to it (i.e. most of secondary-...
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How to frame early university troubles related to mental illness when applying for masters program after more recent successes at university?

Years ago I had a really rough few years of college, inability to focus, tons of stress, manic episodes etc. Instead of going into the drama of it all, the bottom line here is that during those years ...
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I was caught cheating in my exam, how should I deal with it? [duplicate]

Since High School, I have cheated a lot in exams. But in college it became a habit and I developed successful ways of doing it, without getting caught throughout first and second year. But I ...
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Another student used my completed work, what should I do? [closed]

I took a class a year ago, another student currently taking the same class had asked about my assignments to guide her in her work. I explained to her how intense the class is and sent her a copy of ...
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How should a university deal with outsourced essay writing?

My campus is full of flyers, typically attached to lightposts and so, advertising to write essays for money. There's plenty of such services offered on the internet as well. Presumably, many ...
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Should cheating be expected to be more common in Universities in India, and if so, how could any provided credentials be evaluated for authenticity?

I was a bit surprised to see the extent of cheating going on during state matriculation exams in Bihar (one of the states in eastern part of India). Looking at the images posted at twitter, it looks ...
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What should I do as a teaching assistant when I find cheating behavior from actual grading?

Update: I found 8 students cheating in today's quiz despite stern warning and personal threatening to kick them out of the classroom if I notice cheating behavior again. 4 of them also likely cheated ...
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How can I balance teaching computer-assisted skills and risks of cheating at exams?

The situation I have in mind is concerned with teaching introductory probability and statistics to business students, and there may be similar situations in other fields. Because of the risks ...
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How to prevent cheating on take-home exams

For certain undergrad classes, I assign a take-home exam, rather than the more familiar in-class exam. When I distribute the exam, I remind the students that this is an individual exam, and that they ...
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Didn't pay attention to rules and created an illegal note card for exam?

For final exam in my university chemistry class, a note sheet, 8 by 11, was allowed. You could put anything on the sheet, however it was to remain 1-sided. Of all things, I forgot about the last rule, ...
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Is it unfair to regrade prior work after detecting cheating?

I teach various undergraduate courses. I make the cheating policies clear on the first day of lectures, check the student's understanding of this with an on-line quiz, and remind students of the ...
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Can a professor accuse a student of cheating on an exam without witnessing it firsthand? [closed]

Can a professor accuse someone of cheating after checking his or her test? How is that possible, if the professor has not caught the student cheating red-handed?
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How does a student's misconduct history carry across to other courses (if it does)? Is there a difference between minor and major offences?

I have a general inquiry regarding the impact of past misconduct in different courses of study. To provide an example: if a student takes a course and is removed because of poor performance (or even ...