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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Campus Judicial Report

Witness reports collaborating students
A student in a philosophy class was referred to Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) for allegedly collaborating on an exam. A witness told the instructor that he had heard a group of students discussing how they were going to cheat before the class began. During the exam, the students sat together in the back corner of the room and were perceived to be cheating by the witness. In her meeting with a judicial officer, one of the referred students said that she did not have any recollection of engaging in behavior that could be perceived as cheating. In a later meeting, however, the student admitted that she had talked to some other students about cheating but claimed that she had gotten up and moved during the exam in order to avoid sitting next to people who planned to cheat. Although questions still remain about the student’s initial statements and her conduct during the exam, the University decided to give her the benefit of the doubt and resolve the case with an administrative notice. This is not a disciplinary sanction, but rather puts a student officially “on notice” about specific University policies, in this case the rule that prohibits collaborating on exams.

Photocopied quiz proves student in violation
A student in a physics class was referred to SJA for altering a quiz and submitting it for re-grading. The instructor was able to confirm that an alteration was made because he had photocopied the quizzes after they were graded and before they were handed back. The student agreed to be placed on disciplinary probation until graduation. This means that if the student is found in violation of campus policy in the future, he will receive more serious disciplinary sanctions the second time, most likely suspension. The student also agreed to complete 10 hours of community service.

Nerves lead to wandering eyes
A student was referred to SJA for copying during an exam in a microbiology class. The TA noticed the student looking at the exam of the student sitting next to her and told the professor, who also perceived the student to be cheating. In her meeting with a judicial officer, the student admitted that she was nervous about the test and had copied from the other student. She agreed to disciplinary probation and 10 hours of community service.


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