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29 May 2015

Friday Question from the Book of Questions What do you do if you see someone cheating on a test? Does it make any difference whether you signed an honor code?
This is easy for me --- I rat them out. Whether or not I signed an honor code.
posted by bearwife 29 May | 15:58
On a test? If how they do on the test impacts me (like the test is graded on a curve), I rat them out. Otherwise, I keep mum. That is my honest, and probably terrible, answer.
posted by amro 29 May | 16:42
Unless I'm administering the test, I do nothing. Karma will get them in the end.

Actually, that's more like what I tell myself, but more and more I realise people that cheat in life end up winning. Still, not my place to interfere.

I don't know what an 'honour code' is, but it sounds very American.
posted by dg 29 May | 17:02
Yup, I think "honor code" is an American thing.
posted by bearwife 29 May | 17:09
I'd probably ignore it. I might drop an anonymous note in the instructor's bin, but that's about as far as I'll go. Unless I had just come out of Marine boot camp and could defend myself effectively against any reprisals, then I might turn rat. Otherwise, I look the other way.
posted by Thorzdad 29 May | 17:12
Context! Need context. I like these questions but time is teaching me that so much about these ethics is really situational. I'm not comfortable with a flat yes/no. I need to know what, who, when, why, what I know, what they know, what the context is, what's at stake.
posted by Miko 29 May | 22:02
Meh, if they wanna be cheating jackasses, that's their problem.
posted by JanetLand 30 May | 06:42
This is a regular problem for me as a teacher. I don't report them as they will be thrown out of school. These are students from a ghetto environment and might be the first in their family to go to college.

Practically speaking, those who cheat don't know who to copy from and invariably choose the wrong person so they tend to fail.

I also tell them that their goal on the exam is to convince me that they know what they're doing and the right answer is a minor part of that. If their right answer isn't properly supported, I give no credit. Sometimes I make them do the problem on the board afterwards. Cheaters are unable to do this. If somehow they learned enough to do it since then, they deserve the credit.
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