There was one particlar student who comes to mind. She would use her cell phone
which she had on her lap. (I had noticed what looked like her cell phone in her lap in a class we had, had together prior to this class. I wasn't 100% it was a cell phone since I was quite a distance from her, so I didn't want to go to the teacher at that time and make false accusations. What I observed was her put her head down looking into her lap, and then write and answer down) Several of us realized what was going on in our class. Slowly, one by one several of us who were seated around her noticed what was going on. We confronted the instructor with what we had all observed (over several tests). Because the instructor did not witness it with her own eyes, nothing could be done...it was our word against hers. Two things...Umm, ok. Did we NOT have to sign a paper on the policy of cheating? And did that NOT include a statement that said, if another students is aware of cheating and does not report it to the instructor, that student was just as guilty as the one cheating?!And there was a college wide BAN on cell phones out during tests/quizzes etc (they even went as far as NO hats or head coverings and no water bottles etc on the desk b/c previous students had been caught writing answers in the brim of the hat and wrote info on water bottles! I hear she was finally caught red handed and removed from the program. She was notorious for cheating in ALL her classes and finally got nailed on it.
I guess once the teacher was put on notice by the other students, all her teachers kept an eagle eye on her without being obvious and they were finally able to witness the cheating with their own eyes.
Another particular student had a brilliant way to cheat if I'm going to be honest. Again, we confronted the teacher and nothing was done because that teacher didn't witness it. She is still in the program.
It's ridiculous to have an academic cheating policy that requires a student who observes another cheating to report it (and face reprocussions if you knew and said nothing) and when you do, you are poo-poo'd and told the teacher has to see it.
You can report it and hope that with the information the teacher is put on notice and knows to keep an eye on that student.