Teaching Strategies

How Students Cheat

Human ingenuity and developing technologies mean that there will always be novel ways for students to engage in academic dishonesty, but the following list identifies the most common tools and technologies students use to engage in academically dishonest behaviors:

In-Class Testing

  • “Smart” technologies that allow access to notes or the internet (e.g. smart watches, smart glasses, phones, calculators)
  • Storing notes or technology in accessible places outside of the classroom 
  • Leaving notes or technology on or near desk 
  • Writing answers on one’s person or clothing (e.g. inside brim of baseball hat) 
  • Writing notes on the inside of a water bottle label
  • Editing returned tests and contesting the grade  
  • Listening to recorded content over bluetooth
  • Taking pictures of the exam in earlier sections 

Outside-Class Projects & Papers

  • Online Paper Mills (buying original papers)
  • “Spinning” Programs (which edit pre-existing articles in the hopes of making plagiarism unrecognizable)
  • Recycling papers from previous courses
  • Turning in previous students’ work as one’s own
  • Cutting and pasting from digital sources 
  • Inventing sources