What Would You Do? – April 18, 2016

Scenario: You have witnessed a classmate cheating on an exam.

If you were in this situation, “What would YOU do?”

Answer: Cheating as defined by the School of Pharmacy can be much more complicated than just copying off of your neighbor’s exam. “Preparation cheating,” which can be taking notes during exam reviews, sharing information or answers to previous exams, etc. are taken just as seriously as the more obvious forms of cheating. Bystanders are responsible for just as much guilt as actual cheaters. So, the best answer to this situation would to address the issue before a breach in academic integrity even occurs. If one either can’t convince friends to do the right thing, or doesn’t feel comfortable approaching them directly, one can bring this issue to any School of Pharmacy staff member to handle appropriately and fairly.

Take Away: The moral of the story is that when we join the school of pharmacy here at UConn every single student is resolving not only to avoid cheating, but also taking on responsibility to do the right thing when you witness or think cheating might be occurring in others. The only way academic integrity can be upheld is if all students take on the responsibility to enforce and monitor themselves, their friends’, and colleagues’ integrity together. Cheating often isn’t as obvious or cut and dry as it might appear. The consequences for cheating are very severe and detrimental, and it’s the students’ job to protect their friends and themselves from making mistakes that are not even close to worth the consequences. No grade is worth losing a career.