Overview and Objectives:
In this section we will discuss intentional copying and cheating. Just don't do it. You're smart!! You don't have to cheat to get by!
Upon completion of this section, you should be able to:
- Identify behaviors that are considered intentional copying
- List behaviors that are not acceptable during test taking
Another way to avoid academic integrity violations might be pretty obvious, because it’s the intentional kind.
Good, old-fashioned copying. You may have just read this list, but it's worth repeating.
It is a violation of academic integrity to present someone else’s work as your own. That means:
- You cannot buy a completed assignment from someone else on the internet.
- You cannot reuse an assignment that someone else completed in a previous semester.
- You cannot pay your roommate to complete your assignment for you.
- You cannot crowdsource your assignment, either online or in real life.
- You cannot avail yourself of any of the many, many other creative ways to get around actually doing the work yourself.
You probably already know these things. Copying of all sorts tends to happen when you are under what might seem like too much pressure. School can be hard! Perhaps something unfortunate has happened this semester, and you feel as though you are drowning under a mountain of work that you can’t focus on. Maybe you want to help a friend who has just been through a rough few months. There are a lot of situations where the ethical cost of copying or sharing your work illicitly seems a lot less important than the intense pressures of life on you or your friends.
Believe it or not, your instructors understand that these sorts of things happen. But they also know how to use the Internet and other resources to investigate suspected copying. They went through decades of school to get where they are - they know how this all works.
So if you are feeling pressure to copy, or allow someone to copy your work, keep in mind that getting caught is far more likely than you realize. And while instructors can sometimes show leniency in the face of tough situations in the lives in their students, they will not show the same leniency in the face of copied or intentionally plagiarized work.
When you take a test, unless otherwise stated, the point of the exercise is to see how much you know about the material in question. Not anyone else!
Traditionally, cheating on a test fell under a few basic practices:
- smuggling in materials that have the answers available
- looking over someone’s shoulder in order to see and copy their answers.
- getting a copy of the test beforehand illicitly.
You’ve probably known since third grade that you can’t do these things. But constantly emerging technologies expand the ways you can take tests, as well as the ways you can cheat. So here are a list of DO's and DON’Ts.
Take the test yourself! If you’re in a classroom where attendance is taken by clickers, don’t give someone else your clicker and have them pretend to be you. You will likely get caught.
Follow appropriate proctoring practices if you are taking a proctored exam. That means that if you need to have a proctor in the room at all times, make certain that proctor remains there!
Follow your instructor’s direction when it comes to take-home exams. If you are told you can work together on the answers, then do so, but only if you are given permission.
Look off of someone else’s work to complete the test. This can be in-person, virtually, or through a series of elaborate tattoos or smoke signals.
"Study” with someone who has already taken the test. If you work on memorizing answers, the test itself may have changed. (This includes consulting sites like Course Hero too.)
Consult technology during the test. A tiny piece of paper, a cell phone, nanobots who have been injected into your bloodstream, we don’t care how advanced the tech is - don’t use it to complete the exam unless it is explicitly allowed.
You're smart. Just study!