Email from Scott Baden on Student Cheating

Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 13:19:57 -0800
From: "Scott B. Baden" <>
Organization: CSE Dept., University of California, San Diego
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To: Joseph Goguen <>
Subject: Academic Dishonesty

You can tell the students is that they should consider that cheating has a
demoralizing effect on the faculty which increases the level of mistrust.  It
also adds to our workload: the time taken to deal with cheating cases, the
time to deal with preventive mesaures, e.g. the need to rewrite problem sets
and questions each course offering.  Students sometimes wonder why we aren't
as acessible as they like.  Cheating contributes to this problem (though it
certainly isn't the only issue).  Of course, there is always the
disappointement that students choose to use someone else's work rather than
come to the faculty member, or to even bring up the problem.  In the end this
results is a lot of stress on the job.

Teaching raises a major contradition, and cheating is one instance of the
problem.  The instructor's goal is to enhance the learning process, and grades
are a mechanism to meet these goals.  The grades are therefore a means of an
end.  For students, the grades can be the means itself, esp. those that cheat.


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Last modified: Sun Jan 28 21:26:51 PST 2001