Catching Cheaters

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jul 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

You, or your parents, pay a lot of money for your education. Studying, writing papers, and working a part-time job can cause considerable stress and pressure. You want to maintain a solid GPA. You may be tempted at some point to cheat, maybe just once, to get a higher grade on that really tough exam. That one slip of judgment can be quite costly. Make no mistake; teachers are actively looking for cheaters. They are casting a wide net, attempting to catch multiple students cheating on the same exam.

One Teacher's Plan

A college professor caught on to students leaving the classroom to use the lavatory and then looking up answers on their cell phones. He concocted a plan to catch an entire group of students. A story widely circulated on Reddit, described a trap he set to catch cheaters. He put a false question on the exam, one to which there was no answer. The professor then enlisted a teaching assistant to post the question on a website students often use when cheating. After creating an account on the site, the professor posted a false answer. He carefully crafted the answer to appear correct, but it was actually flawed, making it unlikely that any student would come to that response on their own.

The Plan Worked

When the professor graded the test, he found that 14 of 99 students had responded to the bogus question with the answer planted on the site. All of these students left during the exam to use the bathroom. The professor logically concluded that all 14 had cheated, at least on that one question. For just that one indiscretion, he punished each one of them severely. The professor graded every one of their tests with a zero, giving them no credit for the questions they legitimately answered correctly. He also reported them to the university for violating their academic pledge.

Consequences for Students

Students who are accused of cheating face harsh consequences. They generally receive a zero for the entire exam. This can be devastating to your overall course grade and even cause you to fail. The accusations are reported to the university, and students face a disciplinary board. After hearing from both sides, the board will make a decision on punishment which is usually at the least suspension, and at the worst expulsion. You do not want this mark staining your scholastic record.

A Strong Defense

Sitting in front of a disciplinary board with your parents is intimidating. That one mistake could seriously damage or end your academic career. You need an experienced, skilled defender who will fight for you every step of the way. Call the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686. Joseph D. Lento has successfully defended scores of students across the country accused of academic misconduct and he will make sure you are treated fairly while working towards a favorable outcome.

About the Author

Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.


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