Cheating Prevention in College

Find out how college professors are combating cheating and plagiarism.

The majority of students do not learn the material if they cheat on their homework and examinations.
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Professors across the country are wising up and cracking down on students who cheat in their classrooms.

Although cheating in school has been an issue since the beginning of schooling, the advent of the Internet has paved the way for many new ways for students to cheat.

Preventing cheating in the classroom is not just about teaching students integrity. The majority of students do not learn the material if they don’t complete their homework and examinations themselves.

Cheating Prevention Methods

One way to approach the issue is by the elimination method. A professor identifies how a student is cheating and from that point forward does not allow anyone in his classes the chance to repeat the same way of cheating.

A few examples of rules your college professor may require you to follow:

  1. Ban technology during test taking. Students can access the Internet to look up answers from their laptops, cell phones and iPad and store notes on their IPod, PDA, graphic calculators and even programmable watches. Eliminating all technology from the classroom is a simple way to ease the mind of professors worried about students cheating.
  1. Ban water bottles, food items and extra pens and pencils. Crib sheets are still used by some college students. To ensure that students don’t have notes crammed onto extraneous items on their desk, some professors allow only one pen or pencil and the student’s test.
  1. Discourage test make-ups. After receiving one too many doctor’s notes from students, one professor at Tallahassee Community College decided to allow only quiz and test make-ups on one day, at the end of the semester, for a two-hour period.

To avoid plagiarism in the classroom, there’s a good chance that your professor will take the time to explain exactly what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it; collect a writing sample from each student; require students to submit notes and outlines along with completed essays and research papers; and use SafeAssign, a computer program that most colleges subscribe to for the purpose of checking student’s work for Internet plagiarism.

Alternative Methods

While these methods work, they do not place much faith in the student. Some professors have decided to take alternative routes to preventing cheating and plagiarism in the classroom.

Some professors at Bentley University have revamped their testing method by handing out test questions before students take the test. A bit unorthodox, but it gives students time to work together and prepare essay questions rather than just relying on rote memorization. This way, students are absorbing the material, thinking critically and ultimately getting more out of the class.

Your professor might use any or all of these, or something different, to prevent cheating in their classroom, but you can bet he will be doing something.

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