Wednesday, November 10, 2010

College Students Caught in Cheating Scandal

Cheating on a test. Some say "everybody does it". But, do they? Even if that is the case, does that make it a good thing to do? Even here at Texas A&M 75 % of students admit to cheating. So, what is the big deal? Well, the big deal it is immoral, unethical, and evil to cheat. Yes, it is evil and may be mortally sinful.

One professor, who caught hundreds of his students cheating, feels betrayed and I can understand why. The reaction of the student in the video below, who is defending the cheating, tells us about the decline in moral / ethical behavior and the brashness about it all.

The Orlando Sentinel has more about how good a man the prof is through all of this:
Quinn brokered a deal with the business dean that would allow students to clear their records if they owned up to cheating before the rewritten exam started being administered this morning.

An investigation is under way to determine how students got their hands on the exam key in advance. All faculty have been alerted about the apparent security breach, Quinn told students.

Someone anonymously dropped off a copy of the exam key at Quinn's office not long after the exam was given earlier this month. Some students also were starting to complain about classmates who were bragging about acing the exam because they had copies of the exam key.

Quinn reviewed exam scores and discovered it is likely that one-third of the students in the strategic management course cheated. He decided not to cancel the course because it would be unfair to students who did not cheat.

But he did toss the exam scores for everybody. Faculty has rewritten the mid-term – 200 questions — so the exam key for the original test is useless. The final exam still to be given has also been rewritten, Quinn told students.
I would have struggled to not kick them all out of school.

A few years ago Texas A&M had a cheating scandal in the Mays School of Business. Afterward, I wrote the following:
A culture that allows cheating as if it isn't a big deal is a sick culture. There is a disconnect between our idea of what honesty is and reality.

The person who wouldn't lie to a priest in confession has no problem cheating on a paper.
The person who wouldn't steal out of the collection basket, will download music or movies illegally.

It is a very big deal. Think of it this way:
*Stealing = taking what isn't your own. How would you feel if someone took something you own?
*Lying = purposefully telling an untruth to someone who has a right to the truth. How do you feel when you are lied to?
*Cheating = not playing by the rules established or agreements agreed to. How do you feel if someone cheated you?

The answer is found in Christ's call to us to " So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." - Matt 7:12 Christ defines truth as part of the nature of God - "I am the way, the truth and the life". We must be true and honest as Christians in every way.
We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. - Hebrews 13:18
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1 comment:

The Ironic Catholic said...

As a college prof--I can't tell you how much I agree with the sentiments in this post.