Two students caught cheating...... - page 3

If you had an assignment worth 5% of your total grade, and you did'nt finish it or forgot about it, would you copy someone else's assignment and turn it in as your own work knowing there is a zero... Read More

  1. by   Thedreamer
    Wow, what to say to this.

    I worked my hiney off for almost three years to get my AS in nursing and actually GET into a nursing program. My program is very intense in the sense that we are in class 2 days a week for 8 hours of lecture a day and a TEST every class meeting. We also have two clinicals a week that are from 7am-4pm. If you go below a 70% average you are out of the program.

    That being said, I believe an honest time spent studying and alot of hard work is what makes a nurse able to be the best they can. A dishonest student is going to be a dishonest nurse, and will end up in front of a commitee one day for anything from stealing drugs, multiple medication errors or worse, killing a patient because they were ignorant.

    With that in mind, Id have those students expelled so fast... In the work place there is no room for that kinda childish behavior and there shouldnt be in nursing school. They signed an agreement stating they would be honest students. They broke that agreement, therefore forfeiting thier right to be in the program. Id rather have an honest student sitting next to me then one that cheats.

    This kinda thing really hit home with me. last week In clinical while I was with my patient, one of the girls in my class actually went into my bookbag, took out my Davis drug guide book and decided it was better for them to keep it then return it. I reported the theft to my teacher but by the time I realized it was missing most of the students had gone home. The book has yet to turn up. Thats the same kinda dishonest crap that motivates someone to cheat on a test, or steal drugs from a dying patient. That kinda person needs to be cut from the proffession of nursing before they have a chance to hurt themselves or those around them in the real world.
  2. by   moongirl
    well, at my school they wouldnt have a choice. they would get the boot, with no option to reapply. From what I understand,there would also be a slim chance of ever being accepted into another program in the area d/t integrity issues.
    which also brings to mind.. if they would cheat over a stupid 5%.. what else would they do. That is why it is called zero tolerance
  3. by   muffie
    fudge a blood pressure

    break sterile technique and keep going

    what next...
  4. by   Freedom42
    Sorry, an F for the class is not enough in my book. These two clearly knew the possible penalties before they decided to lie, cheat and show contempt for their instructor and their classmates who actually did the work.

    If you're in a professional program and you're caught committing intellectual theft, I think you should get an F for the class and be expelled. Period. There should be no opportunity for liars and cheaters to reapply to the program later on, and the reason for their expulsion should be noted on their transcripts.

    Schools that want students to grasp how descipable plagiarism is must do so by making examples of those who think it's OK to represent someone else's ideas or work as their own. If I sound like a tyrant, I am -- on this subject. It's a slippery slope: You start by ripping off someone's paper once and it just makes it easier to keep on trying. And as someone who does do the work, I resent people trying to achieve the same success I do by lying their way through an assignment.

    Now don't get me started on classmates who can't figure out how to shut off their cell phones...
  5. by   Freedom42
    Quote from Freedom42
    Schools that want students to grasp how descipable plagiarism is must do so by making examples of those who think it's OK to represent someone else's ideas or work as their own.
    Better still, schools should demonstrate that plagiarism is despicable!
  6. by   smk1
    Quote from HyperRNRachel
    If you had an assignment worth 5% of your total grade, and you did'nt finish it or forgot about it, would you copy someone else's assignment and turn it in as your own work knowing there is a zero tolerance cheating policy and you signed an integrity statement at least three times stating you are aware of the rule?

    What do you think should happen to the students? Only three choices. 1. get a zero on the assignment (remember it is worth only 5%), 2. fail the class, 3. get kicked out of the program with the option to reapply at the next application period?

    My thinking is....worth less than 5% and they cheated...what are they going to do in a major situation? I think they should be kicked out of the program. We all knew full well going into our program about the rules and the consequences. I know I may seem cold, but it is about morals, judgement, and honesty. If you do not have those basic qualities....then stop wasting space that could be filled by someone who can handle the stress of the situation.

    One girl in my group feels that they should only receive a zero on the assignment. She thinks the other two options are two harsh and the students
    should be given a second chance.

    Anyone else have this happen in their school? What became of the cheaters?
    First I would find out if the student who ctually did the assignment knowingly allowed the other student to copy their assignment and turn it in. The student that copied the assignment should be dismissed for dishonesty and plain stupidity. (Did they really think that the teacher wouldn't notice to identical assingments being turned in?) The student who did the work should be dismissed if they were in on the cheating.
  7. by   shoegalRN
    I would opt to kick them out of the program. In my school, there is a zero tolerance policy for cheating. In this field, I just don't think you can "slide by". Too many lives are in your hands. If you are gonna cheat in nursing school, are you gonna to cheat once you become a nurse? By that, I mean are you gonna to falsify vitals, pass the wrong meds and not document it, say that you did something for the patient (bedbath, empty bedpan, etc) when you actually didnt? I worry about these types of people that take short cuts in life because the bottom line is that it benefits them and that's all that matters. So, in my opinion, I say kick them out, especially when you got people in the program who may be studying their butts off who really want to be there and just barely make the 75% passing mark.
  8. by   shellsgogreen
    hmm.. here's what happened in my school ; two or three people were suspected of cheating, and they were caught and tossed out. as far as we know, they have not been extended an invitation to reapply. our rules are pretty strict and cheating is just not tolerated. but they do ensure they can prove it.

    sort of makes you wonder how many others out there who are doing this without getting caught and actually do make it through to be rn's. scary thought for me to consider their future patients being taken care of by them.


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