High-tech forms of cheating get all of the press, but students in Britain still seem to prefer the low-tech variety: writing the answers on arms and other body parts.
The Sun, a British newspaper, filed a Freedom of Information request to learn the most popular forms of cheating, and writing on the skin was No. 1 — at least among the 160 students who were caught. Among the other popular forms of cheating: buying essays off the Internet, stealing information, faking illness, hiding notes in the bathroom or in pencil cases or reference books, plagiarizing from the Web, having a stand-in take the exam, pretending that bereavement affected performance, and using a mobile phone.
The Telegraph, another British newspaper, reported that a poll of 1,000 students at the University of Cambridge found that nearly one in two admitted having cheated.
The Chronicle has written about essay mills, high-tech cheating, and even a Russian museum exhibit on cheating, but we continue to be amazed by the variety of ways that students cheat. How do your students cheat?What’s the most outrageous form of college cheating you’ve ever seen? Drop us a note at email@example.com, with “cheating” in the subject line.