So, I am a first semester student, which is over in one month. I have a friend that I met in the hospital where we volunteer at. We met while we were waiting on acceptance letters. We get along fantastic. We decided to enroll in the same classes. There are a few reasons for this. 1. We live 30 miles away from the college and can carpool. 2. It is nice to have someone to throw ideas and incouragement to. 3. Someone to keep you forging on. Funny thing is we don't study together, except to watch outdated videos. We are both the type that do better on our own.
In lecture, we have long, connected tables. There are 9 seats in each row, 4 rows deep. My friend and I sit up front (I always do), at the end. I am a creature of habit. I get there early so I can have the same seat. I am easily distracted, especially if I have to sit in the back row.
The last test with this instructor, she pulled up a chair against the wall, right next to our row. My friend and I felt a little intimidated, but hey..still got my A.
Then yesterday, our new Dean of Nursing came to meet us and tell us that it has come to their attention that there is cheating going on. Mainly from the earlier classes telling the later classes what is on the test. Well, I don't know who is in the 8am class, nor in the 2pm class. I am in the middle.
So, today we have a test. I wouldn't even really talk to my friend this morning (we don't carpool on Weds, since she has micro and stays at the college). I was zoned in on the test and didn't want to break my concentration. I went to the classroom alone. She got there and took her usual seat next to me. The instructor immediately starts by telling everyone that they need to remove their hats today. All backpacks and purses are to be closed (of course), no water bottles....you know...all the normal stuff...(except for the hat thing). Then she says that she is going to move a "few" of us to different seats for the test. I whispered to my friend, "gee, let me think", she agreed. So, 1st to get moved was this spunky girl behind me, then...ME. I was to move to my least favorite place...the back row. At least I was on the end. I was really afraid of bombing my test from being moved (out of my element...like I said earlier). I said quite a long prayer before the test to keep my concentration in line and keep my mind clear. Then she moved about 3 more people. So, move 5 out of a class of 35? What does that tell everyone?? If I hadn't moved, I would certainly believe that the teacher believed they may be cheating. The more I think about this, the angrier I get. I am NOT a cheater. Haven't cheated on a test my entire college career. I have pulled straight A's. I have studied hard. Just ask my family
Well, during the test, she came and stood next to me almost the whole time. When she wasn't standing next to me, she was standing next to my friend. (We were both on the end of the row, same side of the room, and a large room for an instructor not to be mosying around...all around!) Her and I do not score the same, she is actually a letter grade behind me, enough to not think we were cheating off each other. We don't miss the same questions either. We are given rotating tests, like she has version A, I have B, next one has A, etc.
I am just beside myself. Do I have to be getting a C in nursing school to not be a cheating suspect?
There was definately a better way to of handled this situation. Move almost everyone. That way 5 people aren't singled out.
I want to email her (very professionally). But I refuse until after my final grade is posted. I am sooooooooooo close to getting an A, and I've worked too hard to get this far to let my anger take over. What would you do? I dont like when my integrity is shot down infront of all my classmates, some who know me well, others who I never interact will because it's our only class together---right now.
I would love to hear from some of the NS instructors from this board. Why would you only pick a select number to move before a test...honestly?
Thanks for listening to my rant. Most people say doing this makes them feel better, but that isn't the case here. Integrity can take you far, or lack of it can bring you down fast. I have it, but do they know it?
Best part is that I think I aced the test, but is that really a good thing???
That isn't allowed in our school I guess.