Professor Richard Quinn was suspicious when the results on his mid-term exam were a full one to one-and-one-half grade levels higher than usual.Â The good professor ran some stats and realized that something had gone awry.Â An anonymous tip was the clincher:Â Two-thirds of his 600 students had a copy of his exam in advance.Â
Professor Quinn is requiring all students to retake the exam. He will know from those results which students were the outliers from the first exam. Â He also imposed a midnight deadline for the cheating students to come forward, â€˜fess up, and take an ethics class or face expulsion.Â As of the day of the deadline, about 75% had tromped forward with an admission.
Professor Quinn was shocked, dismayed, disillusioned, and hurt, and understandably so.Â The Barometer, however, knows the data â€“ that one-third cheated is relatively small.Â Still, Â an ABC interview with a Central Florida student will leave your mouth agape for its sheer amorality.Â Â You can view it at:
But, hereâ€™s a transcript of the sage insights from student, Konstantin Ravvin:
â€œThis is college.Â Everyone cheats.Â Everyone cheats in life in general.Â I think you would be hard-pressed to find anyone in this testing lab who hasnâ€™t cheated on an exam.Â Theyâ€™re making a witch-hunt out of absolutely nothing, as if it were going to teach us some kind of moral lesson.â€
Oh, my dear young man, if I could have just five minutes to teach you about the impact of rationalization.Â If I could have ten minutes, I might be able to introduce some logic and analysis.Â He could use it.