Cheating Student Thinks They Have Professor Fooled, Learn Otherwise

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    Rectangle - r/ProRevenge + Join u/CmSrN • 2d 15 O 17 3 24 12 Cheating student thought he had me fooled. Fell right into my trap! So, I am a cancer researcher and a guest professor at an university's school of medicine, teaching my speciality: Imaging. Besides the usual acquisitions of medical images using MRI, CT, etc... Imaging as a lot to do with image processing. Some days I am just a glorified programmer/IT guy. And as anyone who has ever programmed anything will tell you, coding is a very p
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    Font - I am also in my late 20's and I am not native to this country and it's my first year has guest professor. So, some students look at me as this inexperienced, gullible, foreign guy. As part of my module's grading, the students have to submit 2 reports that weight 10% each, of their final grade. These reports are about image processing and they have to code a fair bit.
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    Font - As usual there are students that make an effort, some do mininal work and then some cheat/copy. As I was grading the reports I notice a small group of students who found reports from previous years online and literally copy+paste those reports, changing only their name. It was a facepalm moment, because those reports were not even good, and had lot of errors. (You see, in order to establish a baseline for my grading, I browsed previous years reports so I knew what to expect from the stude
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    Font - Meanwhile, the students "casually" asked me in the halls how were the reports. Off course I can't comment on that until I release the grades. One time, this dude, who has copied from another report (98% match on plagiarism checker) , asks me when will I release the grades and comes with this story that he worked really hard on his reports. That his exam hasn't gone so well and he is hoping that the grade on his reports are enough to get a pass. I mean, submitting another person's work as
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    Font - I knew that my exam was the last exam of the semester and that after that the students usually go home or family vacations while they wait for their grades to be posted online. So l graded the exams and input their grades into my excel with their report grades. 4 students had zero due to cheating on their reports and if I graded their reports with 50% of the max grade they would BARELY FAIL the module. But they would fail nonetheless. So, It. Was. On! (In order to be fair I bumped everyon
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    Font - I knew the cheaters would come, after all, they think they fooled me once already, and they still have half the report's points to bargain for. So I just waited for their emails. Lo and behold, they write me the same day the grades go online, saying how hard they have worked on their reports and that they don't understand how they only got 50%. And that they wanted an appointment. I was ecstatic! Sure, let's review your grades!! Do you remember that my exam was the last one? Well, they we
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    Font - I know what many of you are thinking: they come, I show them the plagiarism checker results and reveal that I know that is not their work and send them on their way... well, I considered it but I had something better in mind. Those appointments usually take 10 min, I show them their work with my notes on what's wrong/right and they try to find some inconsistencies in my grading and bargain for more points. I ain't giving you the opportunity. Mhuahahah!! So, one by one they sit with me ind
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    Font - Point by point, mistake by mistake, I explain why it was wrong, how it should be done, lecturing the same material that they had already been lectured on during class... I make it long, I make it boring... I make it painfull.. I spent hours with each one of them throughout those 3 days. They always came with the same, "I worked sooooo hard on this"... and a little smirk on their face because they thought that it should be really easy to fool me, the gullible foreign again... as the hours
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    Font - IT WAS GLORIOUS!! At the end, every single one of them left with a "crushed soul" look in their eyes and a FAIL in my class... they knew that I caught them, that I baited them and they fell for it... they ruined their vacation and their family vacations, spent money to travel back and forth, wasted precious summer time, got bored to death and have nothing to show for it. And... next year they will have to repeat the module...WITH ME!! "I hope you enjoy your summer!! See you next year!!"


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