Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information, study aids, the work of others, or computer-related information.
These questions are a great way to discuss cheating. You can review them as a class, or students can work on them in groups.
Your friend is taking the same English literature class you took last year, from the same professor. You looked at the syllabus, and it looks the same as when you took the class. Your friend also works and is debating dropping class because the class times overlap with her work schedule. You tell her not to worry: the professor doesn't require attendance, and you have all the notes and paper assignments from when you took the class. Are you helping your friend commit academic dishonesty?
Some guy you don’t know messaged the class of 2022 GroupMe to ask if anyone would be willing to write his history paper for $50. He didn’t seem to get any takers. You didn’t reply to him or tell anyone about what you saw—you figured it wasn’t your business. Do you have any responsibility for cheating?
Your roommate has a term paper due for psychology in two weeks. Last year he wrote a philosophy paper for his friend, and he decides to ask her to return the favor by writing his psychology paper. The night before the paper is due, she hands your roommate the paper, and he submits it. Later, when your roommate checks Canvas, he finds he has failed the course. Consequently, he goes to the professor to find out what happened. The professor states the paper he submitted is an exact copy of a paper a student submitted to the same professor the previous year. Did your roommate commit academic dishonesty? Did his friend commit academic dishonesty? If so, what is this an example of?
You're not a good typist – you know that. Luckily, your father types all the time at his job. He offers to type your paper, and you take him up on it; after all, you created all the content. He gives you the essay after he has typed it and says, "I found some misspelled words and grammatical errors, so I fixed them." Good! You'll get a better grade since he fixed these for you. Is this abetting? Cheating?
You are in the online version of your psychology course. You realize that your next test will be held online without any sort of moderation. You believe that since the test is meant to be taken at home, you can use your notes and textbooks. You figured that your professor knows her students are using their notes and textbooks on the tests; otherwise, why take the test at home?
You and your lab partner in Chemistry 101 have been asked by your professor to write up the results of your experiments. You soon realize that the results of your experiment are different from the rest of the class' results. Your partner would like to write a lab report on what you actually observed, but, having spoken to other students in the class and deciding that they must be right, you write a report that copies the other students' observations and makes up numbers so that they are "correct." Would this be fabrication?
You log into Canvas and realize that through a glitch in the system, your professor has uploaded and graded a previous assignment of yours rather than the current assignment. Because you did not complete the current assignment, you decide not to say anything and accept the grade that your professor has given you on this “new” paper. Is this cheating?
You have a paper due in both your education and English classes. Your education professor assigns specific topics; however, your English professor allows students to choose their own topic. You decide to write a paper on the same topic for both classes; however, you will use different references and write different papers. Have you committed academic dishonesty? Why or why not?