Florida College Cheating Not An Isolated Problem

An unusual lecture on cheating by University of Central Florida Management Professor Richard Quinn has gone viral. Quinn found that a third of his 615 student management class cheated on their midterms. Cheating on campus is an increasing problem.

Here is the lecture UCF professor Richard Quinn hoped he would never have to give. “Classmates have been bragging to them that they had advance copies of the exam and that they aced the exam because they had all of the answers ahead of time.”

A grade analysis of the midterm test showed too many good grades. Quinn says then a student dropped off a copy of a test bank, questions prepared by the text book authors intended for professors. “When you get in your labs this week look at the person on your left side and look on your right side, statistically one of them cheated on the exam.”

At Florida State last year, just 187 students were penalized for cheating, most of it was plagiarism. But students we talked to say cheating is common even if not as widespread as the UCF case.

Ryan Adolphe is from Miami. “I have seen a whole calculator stuff paper in the calculator and you cheat off your test that way.”

The cheating makes some students, like Caitlin Gambell of Altoona, angry. “It’s kind of ridiculous. I pay for my education and you pay for yours so do the work.”

For many students a B is the equivalent of the new F and they just simply refuse to accept anything but perfect. Professor Wayne Hochwarter says sometimes students forget to take his name off the email list. “I will get an email that will say, hey, I got the study guide done and it’s for sale right in front of the union for fifteen dollars.”

Disciplinary numbers for the entire University system were not immediately available. All midterm results were thrown out in the UCF class and students were told to confess their mistake or face expulsion or suspension.

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  • by Jane Location: Lynn Haven on Nov 15, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    If you think cheating in college is widespread, it probably is. But guess where these students learn to cheat?? Yep, in High School. Of course, the ones cheating are sometimes protected by the school employees that think the 'angels' are just "mis-guided" and their intentions are "misunderstood" as cheating. Sorry school admins, cheating is just that...CHEATING! If you think that helping them "explain away" what they were doing is really gonna help them-you must see, as evidenced by this article, that it will never stop but continue with them on into college and through the rest of their lives.
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