I have caught a surprising number of students cheating in both my graphic design and Web design classes. Students have found a variety of methods of accomplishing this. Some are really obvious and some not so, but they all rely on an assumption that I am not paying close attention. So this is a warning going into next year’s syllabus:
If you cheat in my class there is an extremely good chance that you will be caught.
Cheating means that a student is not completing an assignment, quiz or test honestly and completely on his/her own. It is cheating if you do the work for someone else, or if you give your files to him/her in some way after you have completed them. It is also cheating if you simply give someone the answers to a quiz, or if you read the answers off of someone else’s paper.
It is not cheating if you help someone, but he/she must do all the actual work themselves. For example, completing tasks with the keyboard or mouse on someone else’s computer is cheating, not helping. Talking that student through it so that he/she does every step him/herself is helping. In other words, hands off!
Because they are usually both involved in the attempt to cheat, typically both the student doing the actual work and the student who did not do the work will be punished for cheating.
The consequences for cheating will include one or more of the following:
â€¢ A zero on that assignment for all parties involved. There will be no opportunity to change this assignment grade at a later time.
â€¢ A call or email home to the students’ guardians.
â€¢ A referral to a counselor or Vice Principal.