UCF Cheating Scandal: More Emerging Young Leaders

More MathsA few weeks ago, a University of Central Florida business professor caught 1/3 of his senior level “strategic management” class cheating on the mid-term test. That’s 200 of 600 kids in the class.

What happened next is caught in perpetuity on video. Do yourself a favor and check it out. Consider me shocked, shocked, to find widespread cheating among our future business elite.

My favorite line is “Don’t call me. Don’t ask me for anything.” Really, though, I’m not sure why he’s upset. Doesn’t he understand that failure is not an option?

Anyway, how many of those little cheaters you think went to fancy charter or magnet schools that brag about their performance with self-selected enrollments? I’d love to know. I bet we had Lakeland kids — or at least Polk County kids — in that class. Drop me a line at townsend@lakelandlocal.com if you were one of the righteous 400 that got screwed by the future Randians in your midst. I’d love to hear a full story.


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14 thoughts on “UCF Cheating Scandal: More Emerging Young Leaders

  1. You do know that he told the students at the beginning of the semester that he writes all his own exams, right? To me, the natural assumption from this statement would be that any “test bank” associated with the textbook would simply serve as a good study guide of the material, not a way to “cheat” on an exam. Sounds to me like this guy is embarrassed that he got caught misrepresenting the true level of effort he puts out in “teaching” this class and chose to instead play this up for his 15 minutes of fame. Of course, the media was more than happy to jump on the “cheating scandal” bandwagon… great dirty laundry, eh? I really feel sorry for the students who thought they’d found a great way to study for the “homemade exam” by using a publisher’s canned exam, which the instructor supposedly wasn’t using. Take a look at this and you may find yourself wondering why the instructor isn’t on the hook for plagiarism for claiming to write something that was actually written by someone else: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJG7aCQtI8E

    • Did the students who obtained this test bank know when they obtained it that it was the source material for the exam? I realize that the quotes from the professor may lead someone to believe it wasn’t if they had no other sources of information, but it seems quite plausible that the students who used this test bank might have known it was the exam notwithstanding. Why else would so many of them have used this particular test bank? That seems to me to be the key question. What did the students who used this test bank know about the content of the exam in advance?

    • Yes, it’s just confusion. Listen to the cheaters whine. I’m sure it was all a harmless misunderstanding brought on by the lazy prof. That’s why one of their classmates ratted them out. That’s why the text book company may come after them. That’s why they were bragging to each other about it. That’s why the caved like dominoes and none of ’em have enough balls to fight if they’ve been wronged. But thank you, UCF Alumna, you’re a pretty object lesson of my point.

      • With the editing of the video, I’m not sure, but it seems he is making the entire 600 take the test again. If he knew who the cheaters are, then to force the others to retake the test is punishment when no crime was committed. If I was in the class, I would have refused to retake the exam.

  2. If I was one of the 400 or so who did not cheat, I would be so PISSSSSSED.

  3. ok. From my understanding there was a test bank of questions. Where did this test bank come from. A test bank by defintion is a group of questions that can be picked by the professor from another source. I know in my classes, some of ther professors teach straight from the book meaning that the book offers study guides through a website from the book. Some of the questions that are used in the study guide are very similar to the ones that the professor has available from the book. So if you study from a legit study guide and share it with your classmates like by saying hey this is a great site the book offers to study from” and word spreads from person to person, its called cheating? Ive studied from interactive websites that the books offer,because they are there to help, and they do help in the cases that the teacher teaches from the book. So was I cheating because I studied from a study guide the book offered, and the teacher decided to use the test bank from the book to make his test? He should blame the publisher of the book for putting similiar but not completely the same questions in the test bank as the ones students use to study for. There is no earthly way that many students can get a hold of the same study guide unless it was offered on some kind of website. I know students network in smaller classes, but unless the students are the the same classes every semester or stay in the same dorm and interact with everyone, it is nearly impossible for that many students to get ahold of one study guide. I think the students should speak up and petition on that case. doesn’t seem fair. Thats like cheating on the SAT, GRE, ACT since they give you a test bank of questions to study from through the books they sell……smdh

  4. I realize it was the Stone Age, but I had classes from professors who told us up front that they’d teach the course exactly the same semester to semester. Used books were sold by the better students with underlining and study guides. It meant some students started ahead of the pack. The rest of us just dealt with it.

    Then again, the majority of the professors wrote their own questions and varied the classes year to year. They taught smaller groups so they had time to deal with their students. Taking shortcuts by letting the publishers construct the class from book through test makes for a lazy teacher.

    The baby has to go with the bathwater on this. The problem includes any “Test Banks.” If a professor can’t write his or her own tests, it is time he or she go back to school. Obviously they’ve forgotten their course on constructing proper assessment tools.

  5. Oh, they innocently purchased professor-only materials from unscrupulous web sites. I see. Damn those unscrupulous web sites. if only they came with labels.

    • I would guess that it’s been a while since you’ve been to college. Test banks are considered standard fare. Like I said in my original post, professors have given the entire class the test bank questions and answers in order to study.

      Maybe you have a more substantial reply to my thoughts on the subject?

      • Note the passive voice: “Test banks are considered standard fare.” By whom? The students? Academic affairs? Is this written somewhere? If so, show me. If the prof said, “Please study the test bank,” somewhere, I will recant. Not only that, I’d encourage the 200 to fight.

        Back in the Mesolithic era, when I attended college, various students kept an informal “test bank” file on a class called Roman Civilization. It was famous campus-wide, and no one ever got caught for it because the professor didn’t seem to care. I would say the Roman Civ. file was considered standard fare. I never took the class, but I knew many people who did. Those who used the file — not everyone — knew they were getting over somehow. They at least didn’t try to pretend the professor’s sorriness legitimized them.

        Perhaps, Heidi, you can write this sentence for me: “I, Heidi, assert the kids who used the test bank in Professor X’s class did nothing wrong because the professor said it was OK through word and action — or because the professor sucks so bad that he entitles the kids to use a test bank he did not authorize. And, because nebulous unnamed forces consider test banks “standard fare”, each and every professor must specify in explicit word or deed that it is OK to use the test bank as a study guide or just stop griping about it.”

        I am not one of these, “Hey, get off my lawn types.” I like kids. I have a few of my own. And people of every generation have cheated in levels I would consider more or less equal. There is no deterioration of morality because human morality has always sucked. But I do think words have meaning. And I think, Heidi, if you can write that sentence in good consciensce then you have won our argument. If you can’t, you should stop apologizing for cheaters who are getting off easily.

        • Bitown1 – When I said that test banks are considered standard fare, I mean in college (or perhaps specifically UCF) in general. I have never taken this professor’s class. I have never taken a class in the College of Business. But I have had several teachers in both General Education courses and in my major TELL students to study the test bank. They have been handed out.

          No, I don’t think the students in this class cheated. Neither does UCF, since NONE of them are going through an inquiry with UCF Academic Services. If the school itself won’t put a blemish on these students records, they clearly think this was a gray area. In fact, the fact that the students were given nothing more than a 4-hour ethics class in lieu of a failing grade indicates that Academic Services doesn’t take this very seriously. It was quite overblown.

          I know a student who was kicked out of the Journalism program at UCF for plagiarizing an article that wasn’t even turned in for an assignment. So the school takes cheating seriously. If they’re not handling this case seriously, they don’t consider it cheating, either.

          • Then, clearly, you should be able to sign my sentence. I think it’s an accurate summary of your position. Is it not? If not, explain to me why.

            And by the way, I’m Billy Townsend. I don’t write pseudonymously except by accident and through the oddities of disqus. FWIW.

          • Then, clearly, you should be able to sign my sentence. I think it’s an accurate summary of your position. Is it not? If not, explain to me why.

            And by the way, I’m Billy Townsend. I don’t write pseudonymously except by accident and through the oddities of disqus. FWIW.

  6. If cheating wasn’t lucrative and condoned , there would be fewer politicians in Polk and more investigative , critical reporting of those we have now. I’ve known many so-called college graduates who could not possibly have “earned” their degrees , judging by their ignorance of language , spelling , math , etc. Some were teachers , many were athletes , some just of wealthy or influential families.

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