Cheating on Campus

There will always be a chance for dishonesty in the stressful life that a college student endures.  Studying, social life, homework, and exams are just a few of the main pressures.  When a student is accused of cheating, it may not be true, even though it can carry heavy repercussions.  Schools work diligently to keep students from cheating their academic system, and sometimes an innocent person can be swept up into the disciplinary process inadvertently.

What are Common Cheating Examples?

Colleges will typically have what they define as cheating in their codes or handbook.  There are several different common examples and each one opens the doorway to a student being accused of academic misconduct:

  • Sharing Completed Work
    Unless specifically mentioned as a group project, students are expected to complete their assignments on their own.
  • Copying Answers on Exams
    Though exams aren’t the only place copying answers can happen, they are the most common, and they carry the largest chance to get caught.
  • Bringing Prohibited Material to an Exam
    This can be books, notes, or other resources that unfairly help a student on an exam.
  • Plagiarism
    Copying another person’s work word-for-word and claiming it as your own is plagiarism.  In order to deter and quickly catch this, many campuses have special software to detect it.
  • Viewing an Exam before it is Administered
    Students can sometimes obtain copies of an exam from other people who have attended the class in previous years.  This gives an unfair advantage to one person.

Am I Committing a Crime by Cheating?

Cheating generally do not entail criminal charges unless a crime was committed in conjunction with it.  Generally, the student will face harsh disciplinary action by the college administration.  Cheating is serious and the accusations can have long reaching effects for the accused.

How Can Cheating Affect Me on Campus?

The best scenario a student can hope for when cheating is to receive a zero for their assignment.  Universities take cheating very seriously and will remove the student if they deem necessary.  Forced withdrawal from the class, or even suspension and expulsion can happen.

Manchester & Associates Defense

Contact Manchester & Associates today for help if you have been accused of cheating.  Universities can move quickly and harshly.  They may not even let a student tell their side of what happened.  An attorney can help the student step though the school’s academic misconduct process and can even be present if additional support is needed.