I’ve just found out that one, and possibly more, student/s in one of my courses has plagiarized on a recent assignment. I have only heard about the evidence second-hand, from my TA, so I still have to go through an assessment process to determine if there is cause for making a claim against one or more of my students. Needless to say, I’m angry, disappointed and sad. In that spirit, here’s UCF Professor Richard Quinn responding to a much larger-scale cheating problem in his management class:
Amazingly, he negotiated a deal so that all students could re-take the exam and students who cheated and come forward can receive the grade they earn, provided they complete a 4-hour ethics class. He also will no longer use test banks to compose exams, and has alerted other faculty that the test banks have been compromised. Kottke reports that after Quinn gave this speech, over 200 students confessed.