Confronting Suspected Cheating

  • Do not stop a student from completing an exam, even if you believe he/she is cheating.
  • Confront suspicious conduct as described below, identify those involved and record their names.
  • Announce to class that no talking is permitted during exams, record names and quietly ask specific student(s) to stop talking.
  • If students appear to be exchanging information (talking or copying), record names and quietly ask specific student(s) to move to new seats.
  • You may take and/or photocopy what the student has done so far and give the student a blank exam or the copy to complete the test.
  • If students appear to be using notes or have notes visible, promptly and discreetly confiscate notes. These materials may be important in proving the cheating if a student denies responsibility.
  • If you see "wandering eyes," announce that eyes must be kept on one's own paper, and quietly warn specific student(s).
  • If you learn a "ringer" may be taking an exam for another student, approach quietly and ask for ID. If he/she cannot or will not provide ID, confiscate exam and record a description of the individual.
  • After the test, review exam(s) for evidence of cheating and report suspected misconduct to the Office of Student Conduct & Ethical Development.

Adapted/reproduced with permission from University of California, Davis - Student Judicial Affairs, October 1999.

Graduate Students

Because of their advance standing, their experience in the academic community and their aspiration to advance professionally and academically, graduate students are held to higher level of accountability than undergraduate students. Consequently, grade sanctions for violations committed by graduate students normally should be more severe than those for undergraduate students