This makes me sad. How stupid do you have to be to believe you can get away with this shit?
From The Telegraph.
By Alastair Good 7:36PM GMT 17 Nov 2010
Professor Richard Quinn was so disgusted by evidence that many of his students had cheated in their midterm exam that he gave them a lecture that he hoped would teach them a life-long lesson.
In the lecture, Prof Quinn told the class he had enough evidence from statistical analysis and other investigatory techniques to identify most cheats, but instead of handing the list over to the university authorities for disciplining, he proposed a deal.
He said: “I don’t want to have to explain to your parents why you didn’t graduate, so I went to the Dean and I made a deal. The deal is you can either wait it out and hope that we don’t identify you, or you can identify yourself to your lab instructor and you can complete the rest of the course and the grade you get in the course is the grade you earned in the course.”
Prof Quinn also added a requirement for those who came forward complete a four hour course in ethics. In return there would be no permanent record of the cheating. So far more than 200 students have admitted to cheating.
Prof Quinn has described the reaction and support he has received from the University, community and from around the world as “overwhelming”, but added he was “looking forward to moving past this incident and focusing on the rest of the semester.”