What is Cheating: Definition and 32 Discussions

Cheating generally describes various actions designed to subvert rules in order to obtain unfair advantages. This includes acts of bribery, cronyism and nepotism in any situation where individuals are given preference using inappropriate criteria. The rules infringed may be explicit, or they may be from an unwritten code of conduct based on morality, ethics or custom, making the identification of cheating conduct a potentially subjective process. Cheating can refer specifically to infidelity. Someone who is known for cheating is referred to as a cheat in British English, and a cheater in American English. A person described as a "cheat" doesn't necessarily cheat all the time, but rather, relies on deceitful tactics to the point of acquiring a reputation for it.

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  1. docnet

    Cheating in college classes: how common is it?

    Hoping to start a discussion on a topic that seems rarely discussed here. In your direct or indirect experience, how commonly do students cheat in college classes? In what situation does cheating occur commonly? Did it occur in undergraduate or graduate school?
  2. Anonymous_

    Students Cheating from Past Exams

    Hello, I just recently found out that my classmates cheated throughout the semester by passing around old exams and quizzes. This semester is over but it turns out that the professor recycles old exams and quizzes year after year. He’s too lazy to change them. What I was wondering is if this is...
  3. jedishrfu

    Mathematics/AI and a School Cheating

    An interesting article on how tools like Mathematica are changing the way teachers teach: https://www.wired.com/story/ai-is-making-it-extremely-easy-for-students-to-cheat/
  4. CynicusRex

    B Peeking at the answer of an unsolved problem.

    Should peeking at the answer of an unsolved problem be avoided at any cost? I'm self studying at the moment and have a document with the solutions. It doesn't happen frequently, but I have had to peek at answers a couple of times. I really hate doing it though. Thoughts?
  5. Y

    MHB Calculating Limits without Cheating or L'Hopital's Rule

    Hello all, I am trying to calculate the following limits, without cheating and using a calculator (by setting a very close value of the required value of x). And no l'hopital's rule either if possible :-) The limits are: \[\lim_{x\rightarrow 0} \frac{ln(x^{2}+e^{x})}{ln(x^{4}+e^{2x})}\]...
  6. Dr. Courtney

    Studying Why Cheating is Wrong: Reflections from an Air Force Officer

    Lt. Col. Scott Williams and I authored this paper in response to a published article in a philosophy journal questioning whether cheating is wrong. My career has since moved on from the Air Force, but I still deeply appreciate their core values, shown in the photo below. Link to Article...
  7. Dishsoap

    Telling a professor that other students are cheating

    I know that this is a common problem, but it's still quite frustrating. I spend hours upon hours on homework, and get a B. They spend half an hour, and get an A because they found the solutions online (I also have access, but do not use them). The exams come directly from the homework, so they...
  8. epenguin

    UK Academic Cheating: 3 Times Articles & Your Reactions

    The situation in the UK is apparently sufficiently dire for there to be a whole three articles about it in today's Times, I hope the links work. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/share/uuid/895f76fc-b07f-11e5-aa98-d2462c903670...
  9. firouzyan

    Cheating isn't moral but ....

    Hello, My name is Amir and from Iran. I see guys who said that cheating isn't moral. I want to know how they behave in the flowing situation: 1- All your colleges and classmate cheating! (And professors as well) 2- If you don't cheat you fail because the professor give mark based on other exam...
  10. AdityaDev

    Police officer caught copying in law examination

    A senior police officer was caught cheating in an LLM exam by the invigilator at a college near my place. He was writing his LLM annual examination on constitutional law and was found carrying photocopies of the subject...
  11. phinds

    A different kind of cheating

    Evo's recent post on cheating in India schools reminded me of a very different rationale for cheating in Laos schools and a story that goes with it. I didn't want to hijack that thread but I am very proud of my daughter, as you'll see: My daughter, Alexandria, is in Laos on a 2 year assignment...
  12. S

    How do you feel about cheating in school?

    Just curious to find what others think about cheating in school. Whether it is ethical or just totally wrong or somewhere in between? For instance if your struggling to catch up in school and you know you don't have time to finish a homework assignment do you think it would ok to cheat in that...
  13. N

    Trigonometry to Find Stronghold in Minecraft

    Cheating in the game :) I play this game, Minecraft, and I have to find a place called stronghold, which can only be found by throwing "eye of enders" in the air, that go in the direction of where the stronghold is hidden. The only problem is, those eyes are very rare and difficult to get, so I...
  14. D

    Using an instructor's solutions manual considered cheating?

    If yes, why? My professor does not assign any problem sets out of the exercises in the back, and yet, does not allow students to purchase the instructor's solutions manual. The student's solutions manual only has a handful of worked exercises and in most cases, does not have the answers for the...
  15. N

    Testing Should I Use Old Exams? The Pros & Cons of Cheating

    1)I have been only using the old exams that the professors post on their websites, if they even post any. However, in my physics class the professor posts no previous exams or practice tests. I overheard a group of about 10 people (class of 60) after the last exam talk about how the exam was...
  16. Astronuc

    Students Busted for Cheating

    Florida college professor gives cheating business students an ultimatum - confess, retake the test and attend an ethics class, or don't graduate. http://news.yahoo.com/video/business-15749628/students-busted-for-cheating-22954742 [Broken] Everyone doesn't.
  17. C

    Derivation of classical limit in c = 1 units (i.e. without cheating)

    So, we start with special relativity in c = 1 units. The equations for energy and momentum can be written as: E = E_{0} \gamma \vec{P} = E_{0} \gamma \vec{v} where E_{0} is the rest energy, \gamma = \frac{1}{\sqrt{1-v^2}} and \vec{v} is the (dimensionless) velocity. We...
  18. C

    Is Cheating in Class Assignments OK?

    So I have in-class assignment every week. The questions on it are some of the challenge questions in textbook. I found the complete solution online so I try to do all the questions before the class to get ready. Since I know the correct answer and everything before doing it in class, is it...
  19. A

    Cheating our minds: can this be done ?

    Let's say that you want to have a memory about yourself having saved a kitten's life (for a random, obscure example). But in reality, you never saved a kitten's life in your lifetime. Has anyone seen some sources/books that describe mind techniques that can be used by an individual to...
  20. G

    Reported someone I suspected of cheating during an exam.

    While writing my intro physics exam, I looked at the person next to me, he had his hand stretched across the length of his desk and threw a piece of paper on the ground as soon as I looked at him. He appeared startled. note: we were sitting in the last seat in the corner rows of the...
  21. K

    Testing Discussing Cheating in Exams: An International Perspective

    First of all, I'm sorry if this is the wrong forum, but I just want to raise a discussion. I study in Latvia and this is my last year at high school. On 5th of June we had an exam in mathematics (it's an exam that every high school finisher in Latvia must take, that's roughly 25 000 students...
  22. P

    Ace AP Exams with Cheating: My Cousin's Story

    Why are (CAS) calculators allowed during the AP exams My cousin aced the Calc and physics AP's because he put a Ti-89 in a Ti-84 body. enough said. He got a five on both exams. This is more proof that cheaters and cons are the one's who get ahead in this world. LOL
  23. J

    Cheating a faster than light signal.

    A spin zero particle decays into a pair of spin 1/2 particles, each particle in a superposition state of up and down. The pair of particles head off in two opposite directions. One of them enters an apparatus that will collapse its wave function and decide the life and death of a cat based on...
  24. dontdisturbmycircles

    Navigating the Dilemma of Cheating on a Calculus Exam

    Okay, yesterday I went to write my physics test, but somehow they thought I was scheduled to write my calculus test. I had my graphing calculator ready to go for the physics test and they gave me my calculus test (I didn't know it was calculus at this point) and sent me off to the exam room. I...
  25. Pengwuino

    How big is the cheating problem at US uni's

    I have to say that in my two years here at this university, I've seen dozens and dozens of acts of cheating! So a couple of questions: How much cheating tends to go on at your average university? Is there an appreciably lower level of cheating at big name universities?
  26. K

    Help! Dealing with Cheating Accusations in Circuit's Lab

    I really need some advice. Sorry if this is a bit long, but without knowing the whole story, it's kind of hard to understand where I'm sitting at the moment. In my circuit’s class, a large group of us gets together each day before class to discuses homework, the labs, and the lab...
  27. recon

    Cheating in School: Exam Paper Duplication & How to Make Amends

    I just had the first paper of my Final Year Physics exam this morning, which will contribute 20% to our final grades. I came out of the examination room feeling quite satisfied with the paper. All the revision I had done previously helped me considerably, and there were very few questions that...
  28. Math Is Hard

    Cheating & Paranoia in Community College Exams

    Last night I was taking an exam and my teacher did something that startled me. She came over and lifted up my hand and lifted up my scantron form to check for any kind of cheating (a cheat sheet, I guess?). This has never happened to me before. The community college science classes I take...
  29. Jameson

    Morality and Cheating in School

    I am a senior in high school and I have major problem with homework. My feeling is that the purpose of homework should be to educate, not to waste time. This year I am feeling overwhelmed with the workload of the latter. I do not feel that homework I am given adequately helps me learn the...
  30. S

    Is cheating going on in Relativity?

    Is cheating going on in Einstein’s theory of relativity? For instance, the textbook “Fundamentals of Physics” (6th edition, published by John Wiley and Sons, jointly authored by David Halliday, Robert Resnick, and Earl Walker, on pages 925, 926 and 927, where the relativity theory was briefly...
  31. S

    Cheating nature out of Fusion

    Can we consruct a centrifuge to accelerate ions and coerce them to fuse into heavier elements? It would have to be a sweeping electric field, because any moving parts would disintegrate from the great velocity they'd invariably have to have. Think fusion could be achieved this way?
  32. G

    News Government in exile - cheating the constitution

    Redistrcting is a tried and true method for an incumbent majority party to try to maintain this majority. It involves grouping the voters into districts in such a way as to maximize the desired party affiliation across all the voting districts. This is, inevitably, the first thing a party...