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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:31 AM via web

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If a student is caught cheating on an exam, what is the best way to punish the student, so as not to affect his or her future later?

Cheating in tests,,,
As a teacher, how to punish the student "when cheating in exams"?
What is the best way to punish the student, so as not to affect his future later?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM (Answer #2)

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I do not think that there is any reason to protect someone who cheats from all future harm.  If you're a high school teacher and you let a student get away with cheating, you are not helping them in their future.  They have to realize that there are consequences for their actions so they will not continue to make mistakes later, when the stakes are higher.  So I think that you follow the rules that you have set out, presumably having them fail that exam.  If that lowers their grade, so be it.  Letting people get away with wrongdoing is not truly helping them.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM (Answer #6)

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Cheating in the classroom leads to cheating in later life--on the job, in marriage and in friendships. People who allow others to cheat off them, such as the dishonest young man in Post 3, are just as guilty as those who cheat. Teachers take plagiarism seriously because, in addition to it being a terrible vice, it serves no proper educational purpose other than to provide undeserved higher grades for the guilty parties. The last student I caught cheating--copying material word-for-word off an Internet site--was flabbergasted to find that I was able to so quickly discover his plagiarism. It took one Google search and less than a minute to find the original work. I read both the student's paper and the original material aloud to the class, and then I gave the student a zero and reported him to the headmaster of the private school. Sadly, he was the senior class president, and he was later expelled for drug possession on campus. As I said, cheating in the classroom leads to cheating in life.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM (Answer #7)

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I know that a culture of cheating has developed of late. A lot of kids think that there is no way they can succeed in school unless they cheat. They take on large course loads, and then cannot handle them. They feel overwhelmed, and think there is no way out. Sometimes I think they also feel pressure from parents to take courses they can't handle. Given this, I do think that teachers should counsel students who cheat and teach them right from wrong, if possible. This does not mean there are no consequences. I think the consequences can be severe, but teachers should use common sense.
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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM (Answer #8)

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I understand that the temptation to cheat is great, and that students can sometimes be overwhelmed with their work load, but cheating is never OK in my classroom. I am a pretty vigilant watcher during tests, and I walk around looking over shoulders, in desks, at hands, etc. during tests. If I catch someone, it is an automatic zero for the assessment. I will also call home to let the parents know, first hand, what I observed. I have never had a student challenge my policy. They really don't have any grounds to. I think that a lot of cheating happens in other classrooms because the teachers let it happen. They aren't vigilant or proactive in stopping the cheating before it starts. They sit back and do other work or look at their computers, rather than attentively supervise their students.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 21, 2012 at 2:40 PM (Answer #9)

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Academic integrity is a major problem at every level of education, and it stems from some of the attitudes expressed by students on this thread. What is necessary, I think, is education about why teachers think cheating is wrong. It is self-evident to us, but it's not to students. We are past the point where things are wrong simply because we say they are.

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wanderista | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 21, 2012 at 7:10 PM (Answer #10)

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Cheating is extremely unfair towards the other students in the cohort who have put in hours of study and research into the examination. If I were the teacher, I'd give a '0' mark on all sections in the exam, resulting in a 0% outcome, and a fail. I'd then book an interview with the year co-ordinator and the principal, outlining their misdeeds.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 22, 2012 at 3:42 AM (Answer #11)

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In response to #4, it most certainly does affect the teacher if students cheat. When a teacher puts a passing (or better) grade down for a subject, the teacher is giving his or her professional assurance that the student does know most of the material of the class. There have been lawsuits brought against teachers and schools by students who got good grades and then later discovered that they really didn't know the material well enough to succeed in college or in the job market.

The purpose of grades is to evaluate and report what a student knows. Cheating circumvents this process, which is unfair to the students, to the teacher, and to whatever college or job the cheater applies to in the future.

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suvetha | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted March 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM (Answer #12)

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Alot of girls in my class copy in the exam and get prizes in the prize giving well its not fair for us because we study hard and we dont get any prizes and some of the supervisors they sleep during the exams .

 

This has to be stopped !!!

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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted March 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM (Answer #13)

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Alot of girls in my class copy in the exam and get prizes in the prize giving well its not fair for us because we study hard and we dont get any prizes and some of the supervisors they sleep during the exams .

 

This has to be stopped !!!

This has to be stopped!!!

 Yes,,,

This has to be stopped...

 I know a lot of teachers Thus, this is very unfortunate.

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suvetha | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted March 25, 2012 at 6:58 PM (Answer #14)

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Yes what you say is true !!!! The head of teachers should give severe PUNISHMENTS to the supervisors who are IRRESPONSIBLE.Then cheating in exams will be reduced.

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piepiepie | Student | eNoter

Posted April 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM (Answer #15)

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You can cheat if the class your taking will not come in any use in the future... I never cheat but i let my freinds cheat i always let them see my sheet whenever teacher is not looking

 

Teachers Call it Cheating We call it Teamwork LOL AHAHAH

so true

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piepiepie | Student | eNoter

Posted April 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM (Answer #16)

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If a student is caught cheating on an exam, what is the best way to punish the student, so as not to affect his or her future later?

Cheating in tests,,,
As a teacher, how to punish the student "when cheating in exams"?
What is the best way to punish the student, so as not to affect his future later?

nothing

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piepiepie | Student | eNoter

Posted April 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM (Answer #17)

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Wow,,,,

Teamwork ...

This is a good explanation of the word "cheat"... ^_^

i know right

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piepiepie | Student | eNoter

Posted April 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM (Answer #18)

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Cheating is extremely unfair towards the other students in the cohort who have put in hours of study and research into the examination. If I were the teacher, I'd give a '0' mark on all sections in the exam, resulting in a 0% outcome, and a fail. I'd then book an interview with the year co-ordinator and the principal, outlining their misdeeds.

Thats wrong

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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted April 5, 2012 at 5:41 PM (Answer #19)

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Cheating is extremely unfair towards the other students in the cohort who have put in hours of study and research into the examination. If I were the teacher, I'd give a '0' mark on all sections in the exam, resulting in a 0% outcome, and a fail. I'd then book an interview with the year co-ordinator and the principal, outlining their misdeeds.

Thats wrong

You are wrong.

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start | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:09 PM (Answer #20)

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Cheating during tests is a big deal. And this is a usual habit of some students.. Unfortunately, the teachers in my class don't see whats happening around them nad this leads to my classmates to copy happily. Its not just bad for the students but its also unfair to the others as it took us to learn a lot and it just takes a peek for them to get good marks.

About the punishments, suspension can be given, as well as a failing mark for that paper and no re-test should be allowed..

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scorpio37 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:18 PM (Answer #21)

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PROTEST AGAINST THIS!!
ITS UNLAWFUL & DISHONESTY - not only towards the teachers and ur parents but to urself

 

DETENTION!!!!!!

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sandyyy2012 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:09 PM (Answer #22)

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I hate "Cheating"
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sandyyy2012 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:11 PM (Answer #23)

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this discussion is very important for all
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janeleader | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:57 PM (Answer #24)

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There is only one thing that you can do - follow the rules of your exam board and the answer is clear. If the cheating is an examination then you should discuss this with your exam officer and follow the correct procedures. To do so means that you will follow consequences for the student that will support his/her future. If you believe that part of your job is to prepare your students for life then you must make sure that they understand the steps that must be taken in this case. If the cheating was part of a response to a controlled conditions piece then there are steps identified by the exam boards that show you how to engage with consequences in a  way that will support the integrity of the syllabus and exam whilst ensuring the student continues in his/her studies appropriately.

Perhaps the question is why you are asking a question about affecting a student's future. The student makes the choice. The exam board procedures are clear about cheating - for every student teachers choose to "protect" from consequences there are the other students who have been cheated if procedures are not followed.

Check the exam board procedures, discuss with your exam officer and the leader of your centre and then decide on the route available - exam boards provide examples of cheating and consequences - check through them and put your mind at rest that this is the only way forward when a student chooses to cheat.

 

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sandyyy2012 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted April 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM (Answer #25)

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There is only one thing that you can do - follow the rules of your exam board and the answer is clear. If the cheating is an examination then you should discuss this with your exam officer and follow the correct procedures. To do so means that you will follow consequences for the student that will support his/her future. If you believe that part of your job is to prepare your students for life then you must make sure that they understand the steps that must be taken in this case. If the cheating was part of a response to a controlled conditions piece then there are steps identified by the exam boards that show you how to engage with consequences in a  way that will support the integrity of the syllabus and exam whilst ensuring the student continues in his/her studies appropriately.

Perhaps the question is why you are asking a question about affecting a student's future. The student makes the choice. The exam board procedures are clear about cheating - for every student teachers choose to "protect" from consequences there are the other students who have been cheated if procedures are not followed.

Check the exam board procedures, discuss with your exam officer and the leader of your centre and then decide on the route available - exam boards provide examples of cheating and consequences - check through them and put your mind at rest that this is the only way forward when a student chooses to cheat.

 

yes, u are right

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janeleader | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM (Answer #26)

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I forgot to say good luck because you obviously care, as many of us do, about our students. You will be the one who knows the right thing to do in the end.

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francy17 | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted April 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM (Answer #27)

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Well you are not doing them any favors by leting their cheating slide. By punishing them you help them see that cheating gets them nowhere in life - applies to outside of school as well. Maybe failing them and calling their parents would be your best options.

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sandyyy2012 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted April 29, 2012 at 8:03 AM (Answer #28)

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thanks for This discussion...

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sandyyy2012 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted April 29, 2012 at 8:15 AM (Answer #29)

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I agree with #27 

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ramlakshmi | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted April 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM (Answer #30)

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The question has a rider about the student's future not getting affected.In such a case, it warrants the teacher to be vigilent so that any unfairness can be forestalled. Counselling the students before the examination needs to be done effectively. Focus must be on the possible and repetitive offenders.There is nothing wrong in taking sufficient precautions like formal frisking and reading out the punitive action in case of cheating.This way the warning is general and doesn't hurt anyone's self-esteem in particular.This will also give the teacher an additional degree of moral right to take necessary action with regard to offenders, when it becomes absolutely essential. However, in the modern times where the perceived values of the students are resultant of a decadent society, a teacher has to take a holistic view of the problem. 

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sandyyy2012 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted May 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM (Answer #31)

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good

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bbehaghel | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted May 5, 2012 at 9:26 AM (Answer #32)

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Like the proverb says, steal an egg and you'll stel a hen, it's abit the same: cheat in an exam and you'l cheat in life... I still think you should punish the student...

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gottoloveanimals | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM (Answer #33)

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You could give the student detention.

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prajjwalsubedi | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 14, 2012 at 8:29 AM (Answer #34)

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We sholud think that we were also students..............

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ashleyxo1231 | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted May 15, 2012 at 3:28 AM (Answer #35)

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To be honest I am, in fact, a student and if I was caught cheating, I would expect a 0. If I can't do the work on my own anyways and I have to cheat, I honestly won't get much of a better grade. I absolutely think that a 0 on the test/quiz in fair and a trip to the principal's office should accompany it.

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drahmad1989 | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM (Answer #37)

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Just try to show that you have trust on him before this event and this cheating hurt you as a teacher so try to show dissapointment and degrade your skills in teaching in front of your students that , this is my fault , and I am not able to teach you well , so you make this cheating in front of me .....or so on .

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abadoodle | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted November 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM (Answer #38)

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I understand your concern for that student's future, but letting it slide is going to do nothing for that student. By punishing the student and taking away the test, you are helping them. If you ignore it, you're only hurting them more because then they are going to think that it is okay to cheat, so they will keep doing it. Which as a result, they won't, learn the value of hard work and will cheat their way through life.

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bullbudder | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted November 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM (Answer #39)

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let him do it .its his life its his exam not of the teachers

 in the possible future he will find later on that he did wrong and now he finds himself to be a unknown 

he will find himself to be a foolish man 

but teachers if they see him cheating then they should yell his name in the hall

as we all know that shame( is more furious or disasterous in life than punishment

 

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sensei918 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted July 8, 2013 at 7:04 PM (Answer #40)

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Cheating becomes more prevalent and easier to do every year. With numerous sites online where one can purchase an "original" paper, the temptation for students is greater than ever to not do their own work. The "point and click, copy and paste" generation has not really learned the lesson that research is a slow process. People want instant gratification, and that means having a paper to turn in without doing any of the work. Many of the current generation of students are risk-takers, as well. They figure that they will take the chance of getting caught and deal with the consequences if they must. Many of them think that the teacher won't bother to read their work anyway. They are invariably surprised when they get busted. Many even go so far as to swear they don't know how that happened when the teacher has a copy of their word-for-word plagiarized essay attached to the original document.

Many of them are also surprised to discover that their teachers/professors are one step ahead of them. Every generation thinks it's reinveinting the wheel with tricks and ways to cheat. So, while it is easier to cheat, it is also easier to catch a cheater who uses the internet to buy or copy his/her work. All one has to do is type a phrase into Google (or the search engine of choice) and there it is. Plus, many schools now subscribe to Turn It In or other plagiarism detecting tools.

As far as ruining a student's future, well, he or she is doing that without the teacher's help, as most of the responders to this thread seem to agree. I make it very clear at the beginning of each semester what the consequences of plagiarism are. If the student still chooses to do so, he/she earned that zero.

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bbehaghel | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted September 22, 2013 at 8:22 PM (Answer #41)

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I admit that i cheated a lot in the past... But reading some of the top answers made me realise how futile it is to cheat: i wont be good later... Thank you all for your explanations and arguments! By the way can anyone answer the last question i asked on Human Chain by Seamus Heaney? Thanks!

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