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Consequences For Cheating In College?

Consequences for Cheating in College

Are their consequences for cheating in college? Are you kidding that you even think it necessary to ask this question? Yes, undoubtedly there are consequences for cheating in college. But only if you get caught! Like all things moral, while policing tactics do exist to prevent and deter cheating in college, it is almost impossible to find a way to totally eliminate cheating.

So, in an effort to dissuade other students from cheating, people who do get caught are definitely penalized and the penalty ranges from the simple to the severe depending on the nature of cheating, the policy of the college in question and other such factors. This article is dedicated to giving you some ideas on the different kinds of penalties levied on students who are caught cheating in college.

Types of cheating

The following are some of the ways that students use to cheat. While this list is not exhaustive, there are fairly indicative and most of the types that could fit into one or more of these types listed below.

  • Copy homework, assignment, or other academic information or data from another student

  • Downloading complete papers or information from the internet

  • Cheating from other students by texting messages

  • Taking pictures of the test paper and emailing to other students

  • Obtaining test papers or answers from an earlier class or period

  • Bringing in devices with cheat sheets loaded in it; these devices could be in the permitted list such as a calculator wrist watch, electronic dictionary etc; the act of using it for your cheat sheets is still cheating

  • Recording answers in electronic devices like an MP3 player etc

  • Preparing cheat sheets into music players or in the spaces meant for keying lyrics of a song

Consequences for cheating in college

Failing the class – This is a common form of penalty levied on students who get caught for cheating. Depending on the severity of the deed, students could be made to either fail the particular assignment in question or the entire class.

If for example, it is proved beyond doubt that a student resorted to plagiarism unknowingly or unwittingly to complete an assignment, then most colleges fail the student only for that express project and let him or her redo the exercise correctly.

However, if the proctor or the teacher finds out that the student deliberately cheated or is caught red-handed in the act, then, invariably, the student is failed in the class entirely.

Expulsion and suspension – Penalties are usually a prerogative of each college and there are many institutions that resort to harsh measures to dissuade cheating. For example, if the student has had a history of cheating or if the method was outrightly egregious, then the students could be placed on academic probation leading to extra scrutiny of their work throughout the semester.

Alternately, students could also be suspended or, perhaps, expelled from the college. Such harsh penalties are levied only after the student is put through various university level hearings and legal proceedings. These kinds of penalties are also recorded in the student's manuscripts for posterity and employers would be able to viewed and read by potential employers.

Suspension from college could range from a semester to an entire year. Suspensions could make you lose out on credits and, perhaps, make you lose any kind of financial assistance. In fact, in some schools, even students who facilitate or turn a blind eye to incidents of cheating could also be penalized.

Expulsion policies also differ in different schools. While some schools expel even at the first incident of cheating, some schools allow for some leeway and resort to this harsh measure only as a last resort for repeat offenders. Expulsion could prevent you from finishing your degree which, in turn, could be a huge obstacle for starting off or growing in your career. For example, for a federal job, these kinds of black marks in your manuscripts are treated quite seriously and chances that you get these kinds of prestigious government jobs are very low.

Legal consequences – Cheating can also reach higher legal levels of violation. This usually happens when students directly lift excerpts from other students' work and use these lifted data in their own published paper. This could result in legal consequences under copyright infringement laws.

The actual creator of the work could sue the person who cheated and can also claim financial damages that the original student suffered as a result of this cheating activity. While most college level cheating problems do not rise to such levels, these possibilities do exist.

Academic Reputation – Getting caught while cheating can have long-term irreversible ramifications. Even when you change your college or school after the unpleasant incident, it is quite possible or even likely that an old teacher could follow you to this new school (unintentionally, perhaps).

He or she could easily spread stories of your earlier cheating incidents in your new school too and before you know it, your academic reputation will take a big hit. Even if the teacher does not take any formal action against, your academic reputation gets tainted and you are always looked upon with a frown by the entire staff. Extra caution could be taken when you are writing an exam or a test leading to embarrassing situations for you even among your peers and friends too.

Moreover, as mentioned in the previous point, some penalties are mandatorily recorded in your manuscript and your potential employer can have access to these details leaving you scarred for life for one small avoidable mistake.

Occupational Incompetence

One of the biggest and problematic consequences for cheating in college is the low level of competence that students will gain. Going to college is the first step to becoming a good professional and readying yourself for the outside world as you choose the career of your choice. Learning in college prepares you well for the professional life.

Assignments, tests, projects, etc are ways to gauge how far you have moved in your learning curve. If, however, you choose to cheat, your learning takes a big hit and you might formally finish college; but, you will never be competent. This competence is tested at your job by the seniors in the organization which employed you.

You could, maybe, put up a front of having good knowledge in your core subject; however, it will only be a matter of time before your incompetence comes forth and you will lose your job sooner than later. This consequence for cheating in college comes much later in your life and no amount of penalty will help you overcome this professional incompetence.

Morally corrupt

Another long-term effect of cheating in college is the fact that as an individual you could turn out to become a morally corrupt person. Cheating often in college and getting away each time could embolden you to think that being immoral is perfectly fine. In fact, getting away with cheating could make you feel quite powerful and you could come to believe that being immoral is actually beneficial for you.

This acquired immorality could extend into other aspects of your life including becoming corrupt in your professional life, choosing to cheat on your spouse and other such acts. Imagine a world filled with such corrupt people; would it be worth living in such a world? Can the concept of morality not turn upside down?

Final Notes

Even though some of my arguments might come across as being rather severe, it is important to remember the proverbial drops that make the mighty ocean. These small mistakes, if left unchecked, have the potential to snowball into something big and uncontrollable. Hence, even seemingly minor offenses like cheating should be dealt with firmly and a sense of decency and morality should be inculcated into our students.

Colleges are not just preparing students to become great professionals; they are also preparing students to become ideal citizens of our country in particular and the world in general.

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