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« on: March 30, 2012, 12:59:09 PM »

Yesterday, my online course took an exam in the testing center (all my department's online courses have proctored rather than online exams).  Student was walked to the testing area by Worker #1 and handed his exam. Worker #1 turned and walked away. Student then reached in his pocket and pulled out a cheat sheet - a crumpled bit of paper about 2x3 inches covered in formulas and reminders of how to do calculations, etc. Worker #2 happened to be sitting in the testing room, blending in with all the other test takers, and watched him pull out his cheat sheet.  Workers then took his cheat sheet from him, wrote a note with it explaining what happened and sent it to me.  Student then completed the test without the cheat sheet.

My syllabus says (after a reminder quote from the academic code),"Academic dishonesty results in a course F."

What say ye all?

PS. Yes, discussions are ongoing with my dept head. More on that to come.
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2012, 1:02:56 PM »

Technically, he didn't have the chance to cheat, but this is a slippery slope.
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2012, 1:05:25 PM »

F on this exam, and a warning?
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2012, 1:06:18 PM »

If it matters, this is an upper level course in the accounting major.
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2012, 1:08:43 PM »

Is an F on the exam enough to ensure an F in the class? That's what we did the last time I had someone dumb enough to not cheat at the college level. Now I make all my students sign this on their cover sheets:


“This exam is solely the product of my own efforts. I understand that I am allowed to use only [course appropriate test materials], and that I am not allowed to work with anyone to compete this test. I understand that if I ask for help from anyone other than the instructor, I have cheated on the test. I have been informed and understand that the minimum sanction for cheating on the test is a zero on the exam and a referral to the Academic Dishonesty Committee.”
By signing and dating below, I _________________________ (Print your name) acknowledge that I understand and agree to abide by the above statement.
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2012, 1:13:06 PM »

Is an F on the exam enough to ensure an F in the class?

Not necessarily for this student (Yes, I did run the numbers).
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2012, 1:15:26 PM »

At my place, attempting to cheat is penalized the same way as cheating.  Though, sometimes, with additional humiliation.
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2012, 1:15:39 PM »

If it matters, this is an upper level course in the accounting major.

Expulsion.
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2012, 1:19:30 PM »

My syllabus says (after a reminder quote from the academic code), "Academic dishonesty results in a course F."

Isn't this your answer, Octo? He was warned, after all ...
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2012, 1:34:09 PM »

Do you want this dude preparing grandma's taxes in three or four years?
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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2012, 3:00:01 PM »

My syllabus says (after a reminder quote from the academic code), "Academic dishonesty results in a course F."

Isn't this your answer, Octo? He was warned, after all ...

It's my answer, certainly. However, there are dept heads and deans and such who likely have other ideas, I'm told.
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2012, 3:12:51 PM »

You're doing him (and us) a favor to follow the rules.  Seems particularly true for an accounting class, given ethical malfeasance in company/banking accounting these days
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2012, 3:29:35 PM »

My intention is to follow the policy in my syllabus. It may be knocked back farther up the foodchain, though, I am told.

It's not like this is questionable re: evidence. Two (trained) witnesses and all that. What a pain in the butt.
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« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2012, 3:57:15 PM »

Another clause to add to my syllabus:  "Attempts at cheating, even those attempts that are foiled, are considered acts of cheating."
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« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2012, 4:42:30 PM »

Another clause to add to my syllabus:  "Attempts at cheating, even those attempts that are foiled, are considered acts of cheating."

My term was "academic dishonesty" which I think covers attempts whether successful or otherwise.
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