Friday College Town Hall

wamcIllustrationIconIn Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college, and you leave an answer in the comment field.

Today’s question:

An NYU professor recently shared that he
caught 20% of his class cheating.

What’s your take on cheating? Do you feel pressured to ‘make the grade’? Are the consequences of cheating, like getting expelled, worth the grade?

Have a thought or an answer? Leave a reply below.

We’ve also asked our @Cappex Twitter followers to chime in! See what people are saying:

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  1. Ashley says:

    I honestly dislike anyone who cheats, but we often find ourselves unable to help sneaking a peek over a neighbor’s shoulder. I catch a lot of people cheating off my papers (my teacher even made me sit across the room during tests, which was a little upsetting, but funny too) and all I can think is that they will never learn for themselves. If you must cheat, do it sparingly and only in times of great need, otherwise your grades aren’t the only thing you will be worrying about. You can’t peek over at a coworker’s papers in your job. It’s all about learning for yourself.

  2. Dianna Green says:

    Although I feel pressured to make a grade cheating isn’t worth it. From past experiences, whenever I cheated on anything and it came time for a final or midterm I was completely lost. It taught me to work for the grade I want.

  3. Cheryl Johnson says:

    If you cheat, you will never learn anything and it will come back to bite you in your career. Then you have the stigma of being expelled (if you get caught) or the stigma of being fired for not knowing what you say you know. Either option is horrible.

    There is NEVER any legitimate or acceptable excuse for cheating, period!

  4. Irving Valdez says:

    If you really want the grade you will put the time an effort to study for it. It is not fair that a person spends two or three hours studying his brains out to pass, just to have someone copy off them. In the end if you do decided to cheat your just won’t learn anything, and you will put yourself in the line to get expelled. In the end it’s just not worth it.

  5. Stephanie Sommer says:

    Making the grade is hard but cheating shouldn’t be part of it. People need to stop taking short cuts and work for what they want. Cheating happens but if you work for it, you shouldn’t need to cheat!

  6. Bethany says:

    Cheating is for people that don’t care about education, and just want to get through that period of their lives. If you really want to learn something, it’s going to be hard work.

  7. Cricket Garancosky says:

    I believe that if you cheat you are only hurting EVERYONE.

    You hurt yourself by cheating yourself out of an education, you hurt your classmates by being a slacker and making them do all the work while you take the credit (I know I don’t like a slacker as a coworker, do you?), and you hurt the teacher because when you make “fake” good grades, they think they’re doing a good job, and if they aren’t doing a good job….they don’t know any better and won’t change. Or, they cannot help you because they do not realize there is a problem….most teachers want to help.

    My advice for those of you who think it is okay to cheat to get by…Learn it right the first time, save yourself the trouble later. It is more cost effective and efficient to do it right the first time than cut corners and have to re-do it.

    If you are that bad at the class you need to think about if that is what you want to do with your life (or if it is a gen ed, then take a different one). Especially if you are cheating at the basic level, it only gets HARDER from there, not easier.

    If you just plain hate being in college….take time off and go work until you figure out what you want to do with your life. Everyone may tell you it is traditional to go to college and for some of you that your parents “make” you go to college…..but

    Also remember: College is not for everyone, there are trade schools out there, you can go into the military to learn a trade, or you can just work. Focus on what YOU want in life, not what everyone else thinks is best for you, you have to live YOUR life, not them.

    Also would you rather go through college and get a degree you don’t use and find out you wanted to be an electrician instead? Now you’ve wasted years (and lots of money) in classes you won’t use instead of learning a trade and doing what you want to do. Learning a trade also requires education, but it is different.

    Just because you go to college doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get anything. Everyone is going to college now, so the degree means a lot less than it used to.

    About the pressure: if all of your friends pressure you to do crack cocaine and vandalize the police station, do you? NO…you get new friends. (I picked a very morally wrong example for a reason) If you feel THAT much pressure then you need to take more time out to study instead of whatever else you are doing with your time, and/or find a tutor. There are plenty of people out there who like to help people succeed (myself included), but we also do not like to just give people the answers. Some of us will even do it for free because we care (I know a few teachers who do so, and I tutor in my spare time at no cost).

    People need to remember the difference between right and wrong and accept the consequences of their actions. Too many people try to run away from the bad consequences because they don’t want to deal with them….too bad, YOU chose to do the action, now YOU need to deal with it.

    If you give a man a fish he will eat for a day, if you teach a man to fish he will eat for the rest of his life….this is how learning in school works as well. Cheating gets you by temporarily, learning will help you in life.

  8. Sarah says:

    Of COURSE students feel the presure to “get the grade,” and like all things in life, no one is perfect. However, the threat of being expelled prevents most people from cheating. And the ones who still risk it? Well, they’re probably too dumb to be in college anyway.

  9. Jessica says:

    Sometimes you do feel the pressure to cheat, and sometimes you go through with it. For those people who have never cheated in their lives, more power to you. Let’s face it, cheating is useless. You don’t know you’re getting the correct answers when you cheat, and that’s what I think about when I feel the pressures to cheat. And in my experience of seeing people cheat, the outcome is usually worse than what it would have been if they didn’t cheat. Just think about your answers before you look at another’s paper. Do you secretly know the answer? You probably do if you even remotely pay attention in class. The brain holds a large capacity of knowledge, we just have to unlock it to use it.

  10. Katie says:

    No matter what we say, cheating happens. Professors go through great lengths to prevent it, but sadly it never ends. Personally, I don’t approve of it. Who wants a surgeon performing surgery on you who cheated their way through med school? Or an engineer building a bridge who never actually attended their structures class? If you’re paying all that money to a college or university for an education, then put the actual work in. It will be harder but it will be worth it in the end.

    I know a girl who cheated on one of her finals, and she straight up told a friend of mine that she did it. Then after the finals were graded, she got a good grade on it and made a status about it. It took a lot for me not to write on it, “what would you have gotten if you didn’t cheat?” I studied for a long time for the same test, granted I did not do as well, but I know I did an honest job.

    In the long run, it is not worth it. The time you put into entering answers on a calculator or some other way, you could actually spend learning the information. Make studying fun instead, plan a study session with friends, create games that help you study, or just go to class. You’d be surprised what you’ll learn.

  11. Anna says:

    Cheating is wrong, but it’ll never end. All of us can be cheaters at a certain point in life, but it is never worth it.

  12. Faith says:

    Cheating is wrong, no matter what anyone says. I personally have never had the courage to cheat. I am too scared of the consequences. It is not worth cheating to get a good grade. It always makes you feel better when you have earned the grade, and not cheated your way by.

  13. sarahp says:

    Cheating is sooooo wrong. In highschool i was constantly getting pressured to share my answers on quizzes and tests. Surprisingly i was getting the most pressure from my friends. I was like: if ur my friends and you know my stance on cheating chill out and study!

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