I have no respect for those who conduct academic fraud. In most schools you would get expelled on the spot for it, especially in grad school. I know a few students who were expelled for cheating on exams or submitting coursework from previous students (in the latter case, both students were sent packing).
In my MBA cohort, I was the lone engineer. Everyone knew better than to approach me for answers on the quantitative work. Many of the full-time students (mid-20's) weren't as intelligent and I told them to get lost, and I would talk to the Dean if they approached me again.
I was accused of academic fraud only once, when I did very well on a college exam in a class I was struggling in at the time. I got a good grade by simply studying my ass off and practicing for days. The professor didn't think it was my work because he knew I was struggling and suddenly saw an A, so I showed him on the spot how I derived the answers. I got the A.
"Computer games don't affect kids; I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music."
depends on how important for him/her on that particular instant, like he may be good in studies but due to some illness or unavoidable circumstance he might get failed or he got placed in a company and this fail is blocking his career which in turn it affects his poor family etc etc,
best example will be if you would have watched "3 idiots[^]" movie you will get to know
First, a bit of context. I was in college in the early 80's. At that time programming assignments were handed in to the instructor on paper listings. One of my professors returned graded listings for the final project via a cabinet outside his office. The listing for my final project in his real-time programming course was missing. I talked to the professor, and he told me I got an A.
The following quarter, one of his students did poorly on exams, but was doing well on the projects. The professor called me in, and had me look at a final project. Other than minor cosmetic tweaks to the comments, it was my code. I had a draft listing from the previous quarter as proof. The son of a bitch had stolen it.
There is no excuse for academic fraud. I firmly believe the punishment should be immediate expulsion and revocation of any credits earned.
I have been in a situation closely resembling the situation described: In my student days, long ago in the age of the big mainframes, the results from all exams were stored on the same big Univac as we used for our excercises. We were a group of five students who discovered that the files holding the exam results did not have any access key protection; anyone knowing their location could read or modify them..
For a period of about two weeks, while exam results were flowing in, this was the primary location of the results, before they were moved to a permanent database. If we had changed the results in those files, the permanent, official records would have been changed. We could have done so, but did not.
Rather, we went to the regional newspaper, which made a story about how poorly protected this information is, and how changing it could affect the students for the rest of their lives, e.g. which job offers they might get in the the future, the access to higher studies etc.
The University got really p... at us for gossiping, and we later learned that the University Council had been discussing at length whether we should be expelled from the University (we were not, and we didn't know that it had been considered until much later).
At that time, "whistleblowers" didn't have any legal protection. Today they do, and I believe that if it had happened today, and we had been expelled, we could take the case to court and have the expelling declared illegal.
Behind closed doors, the guys at the computer center thanked us: For years, they had tried to compel the University administration to add access keys to the files, but the secretaries thought it too cumbersome specifying that key every time they opened the file. After our revealing actions, they did add keys, though. But half a year later, for the files with the next set of exam results, the access keys were omitted. We chose to keep quiet about it. Maybe we shouln't have.