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200 UCF business students admit to cheating

Posted by Delia Cabe  November 22, 2010 03:36 PM

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Professor Richard Quinn at the University of Central Florida believes that a third of his senior-level business students--about 200--cheated on the midterm. In the subsequent lecture, he tells them that that he's shelved that day's talk. Instead, he details the pattern of academic dishonesty he discovered. The video of his lecture has gone viral on Vimeo.

Inside Higher Ed reported:

“To say I’m disappointed is beyond comprehension,” Richard Quinn, instructor in the management department at UCF, told his students last week as he announced that all 600 of them would have to retake their midterm exam in his strategic management course. The discovery that at least 200 of his students received a version of the test prior to the exam shook Quinn deeply, leaving him “physically ill, absolutely disgusted, completely disillusioned, trying to figure out what was the last 20 years for,” he said in a widely distributed Web broadcast of his lecture....
Quinn told his class that any students who came to him before the make-up midterm and admitted to having received the first exam beforehand could take an ethics seminar, remain in the class, and have the allegations of cheating scrubbed from their records. About 200 students came forward, said UCF spokesman Grant Heston. Those who remain quiet and are later found to have participated — a number the university believes to be about 15 — will face sanctions ranging from failing the class to expulsion.

Like many professors, Quinn used a test bank, provided by the textbook publishers. One or more students had access test bank. Several students claim that what they did was not cheating. Watch Quinn's lecture below. What do you think?

UCF Professor Speech About Cheating from Knight News on Vimeo.

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