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Cheating on the minds of students as finals near

Friday, November 30th, 2018

By Tabitha Barr
Opinion Page Editor

With final examinations just a couple days away, the clock is ticking for students to crack down on studying while sleep becomes obsolete.

Students are either freaking out and trying to study a semester’s worth in the nights before, or they have given up hope and accepting whatever comes their way. Those who are struggling with course material may be thinking of ways to help them test easier.

Cheating on finals has become a compelling grade booster over the years for students. Students know cheating is wrong and can have extreme consequences, but for some, it’s a pathway out of failing.

According to Hutchinson Community College’s academic honesty policy, if a student is caught cheating, he/she is subject to expulsion from the class or even the institution. Giving in to cheating on a final is risking a lot for a student as in they could get kicked out of the college. Yet, students are still compelled to divulge in this wrongdoing. Why is that?

Students, and college students especially, are subjected to many stressors in day-to-day life. They have school, work, homework, a social life, and they have to account for everything else that the body needs in order to live and thrive. With multiple tests coming their way, all of which determine their final grade, their workloads get a whole lot heavier.

The prospect of cheating is presented to those who are worried that they don’t know the material as well as they should, those who have intense test anxiety, or those who are just too lazy to actually try and study. Cheating becomes the cushion that students think they need in order to achieve a good grade. But it is actually hurting them, rather that helping them.

Kelly Clasen, an English instructor at HutchCC, knows how hard it can be, but wants students to be honest with themselves.

“I do understand that students panic and get overwhelmed, and I sympathize with students who experience test anxiety,” Clasen said. “However, I don’t feel like a potentially higher score on a final exam is ever worth compromising one’s integrity.”

In college, the classes students are taking are those that are important to their future. Cheating in these courses can hurt a student in their future work while also hurting their morals. Once a person cheats, the brain then starts to back up why it was OK to do it, and does the same for future situations?

But for students, the only thing in their minds is how to not fail their class. According to a student of HutchCC who will remain under anonymity, the reason they have cheated on tests in the past is because they need a good grade and it’s actually “an adrenaline rush.” They know that it was wrong, but they needed a good grade to do well in their future endeavors.

Overall, cheating on finals is not worth the physical or mental consequence that can occur. For students struggling with the prospect of cheating, Clasen said to avoid the temptation to cheat during exams, they should be “sitting off by themselves and keeping cellphones out of reach. (She) also recommends that students avoid the need to cheat the old-school way: by studying.”

Cheating is not the way to go. A class grade doesn’t determine an entire future. It just shows people what they can do with how much effort they exert. To all HutchCC students, good luck on your finals and don’t have the temptation to cheat. Just study and do your best, and everything will work itself out.

Cheating on finals: a widespread problem

Friday, December 1st, 2017

By Merissa Anderson

Collegian Editor

Winter break is less than a week away and while most students would rather be celebrating the end of the first semester of this school year, many are instead busy hitting the books before the college hell week packed full with finals for every class.

Of course, as many students and teachers would agree, the undeniably best way to confidently pass your finals is to review past exams, show up to class throughout the semester and to thoroughly study notes before the final exam.

Despite these option, cheating is still extremely prevalent in today’s college sphere with nearly 75 percent of college students admitting to cheating according to a study by The Boston Globe.

Student Perspective

Hutchinson Community College student and football player, Ta’Juan Williams of Daytona Beach, Florida, has seen the creative ways that students cheat on homework and tests in college.

“I’ve seen some crazy stuff,” Williams said.  “I’ve seen teachers look straight at a person while the person is throwing up the answers with their hands from across the room and then look straight at the teacher and the teachers aren’t even paying attention.”

Williams doesn’t support cheating but sympathizes with those who are cornered into doing so.

“People cheat for their grade,” Williams said. “Not everybody is that same and not everybody has the mentality to sit in a classroom and learn like everybody else does.”

Despite understanding students’ reasoning behind cheating, Williams in no way encourages it.

“I’m not saying it’s a good thing to cheat, but say you don’t know nothing at all, you’re not very talented in the classroom, then what’s your options?” Williams said. “You can either bomb the test or try to pass it by cheating.”

Williams also warns students of the repercussions that come along with cheating on college work.

“Getting kicked out of college for cheating isn’t anybody’s fault but yours,” Williams said. “If you don’t get caught, you’re going to feel very guilty about that but suck it up and say ‘hey, I got away with it this time but maybe next time I won’t have to do it and maybe next time there won’t be a next time.'”

Ultimately, Williams recommends that students simply buckle down and study so they won’t have to spend winter break regretting their decision to cheat.

“Just study,” Williams said. “Study hard and put the electronics down and get into your books. It’s finals week and you get to go home for a whole month and there ain’t no sense in reminiscing a whole month about what you coulda, woulda, shoulda did. If you want to cheat, don’t cheat – study. It’s the hardest thing to do but you’ve got to have that attention span to pass.”

Staff perspective

If studying isn’t making the class material easier to understand, then the free tutoring services in the Rimmer Learning and Resource Center may be able to assist with understanding what will be on the finals.
Kimberly Shea is a HutchCC paraprofessional and part-time math instructor and oversees the math tutoring lab.

Apart from the usual cellphones used for cheating, Shea has also witnessed a variety of creative ways that students have tried to get away with cheating.

“We’ve had a student come in with problems written on pieces of paper and we asked them what they were and he said that they were problems that he made up and he just wanted to see if he could work through them but they were actually from a take-home test,” Shea said.

“We’ve had students that would try to write on their arms or write in on their caps and act like they’re thinking and flip the cap over or slip their sleeve up.”

With the amount of work that it takes to cheat, Shea recommends simply studying.

“First of all, cheating takes a lot of effort because you have to be very creative and you spend a lot of time doing that,” Shea said. “I would just recommend, rather than cheating, spend time going back through all of the old homework assignments and exams and coming to our math lab and getting some help.”

If a student does choose to cheat during finals or any other time during the school year and gets caught, punishment could range from a zero on the assignment to being expelled from college.

“Students can get an automatic zero on exams and really it’s up to the teacher’s digression,” Shea said.
“If you take it over to the president they could be removed from the college and expelled which means they would lose their scholarships and be kicked out of the dorms in a worst case scenario.”