Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I know it's shocking, but. . .

Dear Student,

Cheating is not allowed in my class. It's wrong, it's unfair, it circumvents the learning process. . . it's just a bad thing to do. Plagiarism, copying, getting answers in advance of a quiz, these are all forms of cheating. Please don't do them.

If you are going to cheat, please be subtle about it. Passing your quiz paper to your friend across the aisle from you WHILE I AM LOOKING AT YOU is not subtle. Coming into a listening quiz that's half over and scoring a 9/10 on the first half of the quiz - the part you DIDN'T HEAR - is not subtle (and no, I don't believe you are just a lucky guesser and you're still not getting the points). When I give you a writing assignment for homework, don't plagiarize the encyclopedia. Since you can't normally conjugate the past tense (of any verb), it's pretty obvious you copied when you start using words like "undulating" and "topography." It's also not a good idea to use the first website that pops up - chances are I've seen it too.

Again, please don't cheat. If you must cheat, be subtle (look up "plausible" in the dictionary - it might help). It's still wrong, but I'm less likely to be really annoyed by it.

Ajarn Kristen


suprbacana said...

I have a hard time imagining a Thai student writing the word undulating....

Sounds like an adventure! :)

eringee said...

I would help Chris grade his accounting students' exams and get so mad when it was obvious they had cheated. I felt like it insulted me!