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I apologize in advance for my frankness. What can we do in this situation, in which I strongly suspect that this student went to the bathroom to look up a definition on his phone, so that he could answer the question correctly? Nothing. have we missed our chance by not asking for him to leave his phone in the room? You missed it, but it doesn't ...


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I received my bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1970. I didn't own a calculator. There were some adjustments that helped with no-calculator tests: Many of my exams had ten points per question. 9 of the points were for clearly showing correct working. One point was for getting the right answer. A student who understood the material but was bad at ...


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Call him in. Ask him how he solved it. Don't imply that he cheated. Just ask how he solved it with genuine curiosity and interest. If he asks why you're asking, tell him he was the only student in the entire class who solved it and you'd love to get an insight into his problem solving process. Either you have a genuine genius on your hands or you have a ...


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Let's be clear here. From your description, the student clearly cheated by violating the take-home exam's stated policy that (quoting from your comment on @user2768's answer) "it is prohibited to ask anyone for an answer". Thus, your question reduces to the generic question of "should I report a fellow student who cheated?", to which the answer is "yes", as ...


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I've learned the lesson about cheating, now how can fix this? How can I prevent the 5 instructors from reporting me. It's obvious that I should speak to them, but what should I say? What can I do? My future is almost over, but many of you are teachers and instructors here, what can I do to fix this? From the way you wrote this, it seems to me that ...


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Frankly, the whole thing seems like a terrible idea - a guaranteed way to sabotage your rapport with your students and ensure complaints on your evaluations. If you're trying to get tenure, this seems like a good way to make sure you don't get it. I suspect that the "if you don't like it, withdraw" clauses won't have the desired effect of weeding out all ...


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I think you should take the money, try to retain as much of my copyrights as possible (the law may help you do this implicitly rather than explicitly, which may be helpful), and refrain from doing anything else until after the student misuses your work. Why? Consider that: Plagiarism is not a crime. Copyright violation is a crime. Neither has occurred yet. ...


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First, in light your question title, let me offer some encouraging words. Your life is not over. Cheating is an academic transgression; unless your situation is very unusual, you have not committed a crime. Take a breath, realize that this is a problem that you need to address as an adult, and part of that means being sober and reasonable. Of course this is ...


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What you are doing is called catastrophizing. This incident, unpleasant and mildly serious though it is, is simply not the life-destroying event you imagine it to be, and you are not the evil person you imagine yourself to be for having committed this act of dishonesty. In fact, I think the worst aspect of the situation is the negative thoughts you are ...


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Probably the main issue that makes this policy logical is that when two students are caught communicating during an exam, there is no foolproof way for the instructor to tell who copied from whom. The communication may have been one-sided, or it may have been two-sided, or it may have been one-sided but in the opposite direction than what the instructor ...


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Use placeholders You can use a sign or an indication that you would never use in any other circumstances (red cross, three question marks, etc.), a short sentence ("No Answer Given", "I'm sure you knew it!", "You should have tried!"), a sign that occupy the whole space (as suggested by Elizabeth Henning in the first place): slashes, X, Z,... Don't try to ...


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I scan my student's assignments. There is a big printer with scanning function in our department where you can just put in the papers and it scans all of them at once. Moreover, I do warn them beforehand that I will scan the papers and check if one makes a complaint. This has the advantage that the students will not cheat (in this way) and saves me the time ...


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Whether their cheating should impact your role as a tutor is not the primary issue here, so I'll set it aside. You should not be tutoring a student for additional money when you are also grading that student as a TA, even if the grading and tutoring are for separate courses. That sets up a financial relationship between a grader and a student. That's a big ...


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As noted in the comments, actions committed long ago as a child are (and should be) entirely irrelevant to graduate admissions. It is well understood that children do not have same ability as adults to comprehend the consequences on their actions. As a result, many legal systems wipe a child's record clean of most or all juvenile offenses upon reaching ...


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In a situation in which you would suffer no matter what you do, you can also work to protect yourself. An anonymous note to the professor that the exam has been compromised and that there are photographs of it circulating comes close to resolving the issue. The person who took the photo likely deserves punishment, of course, so this solution doesn't ...


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Exact rules will depend on where you are. But normally the student has due process rights: to be confronted with the evidence of her cheating, and to appeal to some higher administrator or body if she desires. Two of your options (grade more harshly / secretly lower grade) are things that you would do unilaterally, without the student's knowledge, and ...


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The best option is: Don't write the letter. In a case like this, I would outright refuse to provide a recommendation. However, if you are not comfortable with a non-negotiable refusal, you might want to simply tell the student that you cannot provide a positive letter for them. If the student insists, then you should write an honest letter that gives a ...


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He literally had someone else take the exams for him If you wanted to speak out, that was really the right time, not so many years later when damage is done and every accusation is virtually unprovable. His doctoral thesis was weak and the defense round wasn't difficult. There are many weak PhD theses around, and it's up to the universities and to the ...


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As an instructor, I want to know if there is an environment that allows cheating. Even if the student can't provide proof or only told me afterwards or anonymously, I can take action on future exams by better proctoring, exam versioning, and seating charts. So telling the teacher afterward would protect individual students but improve the quality of the ...


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You haven't said whether you were actually accused or not. I'm assuming that you are just worried about what might happen in the meeting that hasn't happened yet. The most honest way to proceed, though you may suffer for it, is to tell it exactly like it happened. You studied three weeks, you had access to old exam materials and used those to prepare. All ...


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I don't want to report them, I probably don't have the guts to do it, especially because it's such a socially accepted practice. A "Snitches get stitches" mentality will not solve your problem. Cheating is unethical. You know that you are "at a disadvantage" if you keep your ethical behavior and the others don't. Cheating is pretty easy though: one has ...


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I would say no, unless this was explicitly prohibited beforehand. Look, what's the purpose of a test? To gauge the extent to which one has comprehended the material. The fact that you did the work indicates you do. Hell, the fact you did it on your own for fun deserves recognition. What's the point of re-doing the work while sitting in class during a test?...


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This is a question to the programme leader. Frankly in a scenario where cheating is just waiting for an invitation, relative marking is grossly inappropriate. It is not just giving cheaters an unfair advantage, it gives the honest ones an unfair disadvantage. Ask for guarantees that cheating by others will not directly disadvantage you.


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If the online sheet is incorrect and you suffered because of it, and if you have proof that the TA used that sheet, then you should point out to the professor of the course what has happened. But, ask for a a comparison between your answers and those that the TA suggests. This will make it clear. The other students may suffer or not, but that is up to ...


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In a comment, you write that the professor had written in an email regarding the exam: you will not have enough time to finish the exam if you spend a lot of time looking through your notes This email is absolutely key. Quote the full email in your statement (including the date and timestamp), and highlight this sentence. It immediately implies that you ...


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It's not proven that she cheated. I have known several students who would write their answers on their hand during the exam, so they can later compare their results with others. I don't know in what country you are in, but if you should go after the alleged cheating, the student might carry this situation to court. It's then up to you to prove that she ...


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If the facts are as you report them, your "peer" has engaged in academic misconduct. I have fellow peers who have done the exact same thing and not face a single threat of being reported to the academic board. Your "fellow peers" didn't get caught. Is it not the instructor's responsibility to prepare a different version of the exam for both the ...


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Ultimately, this is not a technological problem but a cultural and pedagogical problem. The problem with technological solutions is that they set up an "arms race" with the students, in which you will certainly lose. Electronics are constantly getting smaller and obtaining more means of communication, so a student who really wants to cheat will likely have ...


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@JeffE recommends in a comment: Discuss your situation with the department chair and your previous instructor, and keep careful documentation of everything.


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