A recent cheating scandal at the University of Central Florida has been a public-relations nightmare for the higher institution. Currently, about 200 students have come forward and admitted their involvement in the scandal. This is about one-third of the 600 students of the students who took the senior-level business course mid-term. The instructor of the course, Richard Quinn, worked out a deal with the dean of the business school to allow his students to finish the course contingent on the students admission and having to retake another test.
The students who have confessed will have to complete an ethics seminar. The status is still unclear about 15 students who have yet to come forward. Also unclear is how the students acquired the questions to the mid-term. Quinn did not write his own questions, which leads some to think that the questions may have been posted online by the course book’s publisher. If this is the case, many students are arguing they were not in fact cheating because they did not steal any questions. If you would like to read more on this story please see Cheating scandal at UCF makes national news.
Cheating on any test, especially at the college-level, is a punishable offense. Cheating can subject a student to many disciplinary actions, including expulsion and having the incident recorded on his or her permanent record. Think twice before cheating.