200 students caught cheating at University of Florida

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http://news.yahoo.com/video/business-157...

This is a video, but the gist is that this business professor found out that 200 students (1/3 of all his students) had cheated on his midterm exam. He is now making EVERYONE retake the exam and giving the cheaters an ultimatum: fess up or face possible expulsion. He says that if a cheating student confesses to him (via email or in person) by midnight tonight he will accept their new grade (AND the students will have to listen to an ethics lecture), but if they don't fess up (and he knows who they all are because the tests were taken in an exam lab on computers in the school - so their digital signature is on their test) then he will take proper action, even explusion if necessary. The worst part about it all is that the majority of them are seniors and due to graduate next month, so this could seriously dely their college graduations.

Honestly, what gets me the most riled up is a student they interviewd in the video who said that cheating isn't a big deal and "everyone does it" in life as well as in college. Is this really the mindest of the college youth today? Really? I'm only 24 and I have NEVER thought that way in my life!

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Well, some kids are never taught ethics, they learn from what they see... Moreover, some people grow up without experimenting the consequences of their actions which in turn makes them think that "it's no big deal"... It's no big deal to cheat, it's no big deal to steal, it's no big deal to lie.

The teacher is IMO showing those people that in life, there is a consequence for your actions. I think this is honorable of him. You fess up and admit that you made a mistake we learn and move on.

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Serena - posted on 11/11/2010

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I'm not sure if I saw the same interview but this student mentioned he didn't know he was cheating. He blamed the professor for using the same test the next year. I think the professor is being generous and perhaps an ethics course may do some of these students good.
I got caught cheating once as a freshman in high school but didn't get punished because I was eitherwise a good kid. But it sure scared me to never cheat again. I don't think I would chance it in college though, I'd be too scared I would get caught (again...)

April - posted on 11/11/2010

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there ARE many students that don't even know they are plagiarizing. they simply don't know how to write a paper and think they're doing it right

Tah - posted on 11/11/2010

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heck yeah that's the attitude, we now have to feed all of our papers into a website for plagarism. One of my professors, sociology to be exact, said over half of her students at ODU..and others were caught cheating a plagarizing...that's why she had us do it..

Caitlin - posted on 11/11/2010

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Pffft.. he's being too generous.. I work my butt off to get the marks I get in university and never cheat.. Pisses me off that people get around the system..

Sara - posted on 11/11/2010

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Academic dishonesty is a big deal, IMO. I work at a University and just last year a student was caught cheating and kicked out of her graduate program. Of course, she appealed and got back in, but I don't think it sends a very good message to kids when they aren't held responsible for decisions they made that are dishonest.

Jodi - posted on 11/10/2010

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Wow, I never considered cheating "no big deal", although I know many many many do see it that way. If I were the professor, there wouldn't be any second chances, the students caught cheating would be punished to the full extent of my capabilities with no hesitations, pleas bargains or second chances. I have little tolerance for dishonesty. In todays society (at least here in America) too few people are made to suffer the consequences of their actions; drunk drivers are given DUI after DUI with only monetary fines before any real punishment is issued, pedophiles are given a slap on the wrist and let out on parole far too soon, more and more schools (until very recently with the media covered student suicides) have turned a blind eye to bullying and harassment in the hallways...this is just another example. This professor is willing to give them a way out of dealing with the consequences of their actions...not very admirable in my book.



*edit to add: As hard as it would be, I would have to admit that on a smaller level, elementary or highschool age (not college, bc by that time it would be out of my hands as she would be an adult), I would insist my daughter be properly punished for such actions by the school instead of being offered a plea bargain, even if it meant being somewhat detrimental to her schooling. (That being said, I do think expulsion, unless it's become habitual cheating, is extreme.) Consequences are imperitive and should not be avoided.

Julie - posted on 11/10/2010

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I had the same thoughts as you. I wanted to smack that second kid and crawl back into my little hole where I give everyone the benefit of the doubt(& I'm horrible at lying).

I think it may seem kind of extreme to the students, but maybe peer pressure will guilt them into honesty. To the seniors: boo hoo. Maybe you should have thought of that before you cheated. Are there THAT many companies looking to hire dishonest new graduates anyhow?

I am interested in the follow-up on this one.

April - posted on 11/10/2010

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i think the professor is being extremely generous. it would be stupid for any student to decline his deal. if they're that stupid then it doesn't say much about America's youth

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