Professor Richard Quinn at the University of Central Florida (UCF), which specializes in stopping cheaters, caught 1/3 of his class – nearly 200 students – cheating on an exam. Quinn dressed-down the whole class and gave an ultimatum for the cheaters to come forward, threatening serious consequences if they didn’t, even expulsion.
During his dressing-down of the class Quinn told them, “I am . . . physically ill. Absolutely disgusted.” Professor Quinn is making all 600 students take the test again, no matter what. I couldn’t agree more with both his comments and actions.
One student who was interviewed, Konstantin Ravvin said, “This is college. Everyone cheats; everyone cheats in life in general. I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in this testing lab who hasn’t cheated on an exam. They are making a witch hunt out of absolutely nothing. As if it were to teach us some kind of moral lesson.“ WTF, Konstantin? Ravvin’s comments are frightening. Frightening that anyone would think it’s OK, even normal that “everyone” cheats. Which hunt? Absolutely nothing? Ravvin and his ilk scare the hell out of me – that they are potentially going to be future leaders in this country. If that’s the case we are doomed.
Ravvin’s comment saying, “as if it were to teach us some kind of moral lesson,” is exactly the point of what Professor Quinn is doing.
I’m glad this has come to light. I believe it is a rampant problem – not just in schools but in life in general. People need to be accountable and responsible for their own actions, and they need to learn to do their own work, not cheat or rely on others to get through school and especially life.
I applaud Professor Quinn. His actions are heroic. On the other hand Konstantin Ravvin and others like him scare the hell out of me.