This has been on my mind most of this semester due to an incident that I was involved in the first week of school. Long story short, I helped a fellow student by using my work as an example, they handed it in as their own, I lost points on the lab because of it. I've attended 3 different colleges in my life, 1 community and 2 small state funded, there defiantly seems to be something a little off at my current school. If I could get some responses from people to the following questions, it would help me decide if I should consider adding a fourth college to my list. 1. How is cheating usually detected at other schools? Not so much the writing notes on your hands during tests, but mainly plagiarism. 2. If 2 identical copies of work are handed in by 2 students and it's a he said/she said kind of situation, wouldn't test scores, quality of other work, testimony by students that know either or both students be relevant? 3. If one lab partner gives away some individual work or group work for the lab to another student with out the knowledge or consent of the rest of the group, and that student hands it in as his own, would the rest of the group be in trouble also? 4. Are you automatically assumed to be guilty? 5. Are grad students given awards for spotting cheating? Maybe not monetary, but earning brownie points would count also. 6. How are academic conduct comities conducted? Are students allowed to call witnesses, have council, and present evidence? 7. If one member of a group assignment cheats, is the rest of the group automatically punished also? This whole semester at this school has left a very bad taste in my mouth. It's been a learning experience, that's for sure. Things that I didn't know were cheating at the start of the semester. If another student gets his hands on any test of yours from the current or any previous semester, you will be accused of cheating. If another student copies from you in any way, you are guilty of cheating. If you are caught in possession of any test or homework assignment from the current or previous semester that does not belong to you, you will be accused of cheating. If 2 students are whispering during a test and the teacher feels that you were close enough to hear answers, you are as guilty as the other 2.