Cheating in College

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL - Here is the lecture UCF professor Richard Quinn hoped he would never have to give.

“Classmates have been bragging to them that they had advance copies of the exam and that they aced the exam because they had all of the answers ahead of time,” Quinn said.

A grade analysis of the midterm test showed too many good grades. Then a student dropped off a copy of a test bank, questions prepared by the text book authors intended for professors.

“When you get in your labs this week look at the person on your left side and look on your right side, statistically one of them cheated on the exam,” Quinn said.

At Florida State last year, just 187 students were penalized for cheating, most of it was plagiarism. But students we talked to say cheating is common even if not as widespread as the UCF case.

“I have seen a whole calculator stuff paper in the calculator and you cheat off your test that way,” student Ryan Aldophe said.

The cheating makes some students angry.

“It’s kind of ridiculous,” student Caitlin Gambell said. “I pay for my education and you pay for yours so do the work.”

For many students a B is the equivalent of the new F and they just simply refuse to accept anything but perfect.

Professor Wayne Hochwarter says sometimes students forget to take his name off the email list.

“I will get an email that will say, hey, I got the study guide done and it’s for sale right in front of the union for fifteen dollars,” Hochwarter said.

Disciplinary numbers for the entire University system were not immediately available.

All midterm results were thrown out in the UCF class and students were told to confess their mistake or face expulsion or suspension.

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