Okay, so I received an email today from my professor saying that he doesn't believe that I cheated, but I did break the rules by writing on my scantron so he had to be fair and give me a zero to show that he wasn't playing favorites. I don't really like that answer, as I am really unhappy and think I'm being over-punished for just writing my name on the back of the scantron. He said that he's really impressed by my attitude and he thinks I will be able to make it up over the rest of the semester.
I'm not going to take this too the dean (though I am prepared with eye witnesses and a character reference from a past professor should the need arise) because I've had to go to this particular dean twice over the past to years, once for a teacher who made racist and sexists comments to students, and another time when a professor told a group of students to go ask for an extra class to be opened. Neither time has the dean been helpful, in fact he told a student to "get the f*** out of his office" when the student asked a question. My school is not a student's school by any means. Over half the students are failing at least one class, a tenth are on acedemic probation or have been in the past, and students are constantly getting thrown out of class for being rude to professors in class. The staff is so jaded into thinking that all the students are ghetto and don't care about their education (because a good portion of them are, I'm not try to bash my school here, but statistically the student population does not make a good name for themselves) Most of the students are lazy and horrid students, and there are very few actual good students. So instead of the staff believing that you are a good student unless proven otherwise; faculty believes everyone in their class is a bad student unless proven otherwise. (does that make sense?). So going to the dean, I think, would do more harm than good because if my professor found out that I filed a complaint about him I could get his wrath the rest of the semester. So pretty much, my school is faculty oriented instead of student oriented and I honestly doubt I would get any sympathy from the dean. To me the risks (possibility of having to stay in the class with an angry professor, taking a W, having the professor decide to take me to the dean for "cheating" even though I didn't, etc.) far outweigh the benefits (getting an A instead of a B).
So I'm going to make the most of it, and I don't think that makes me a push over. Because in all reality, I touched my scantron after he called time. Do I think the punishment is harsh and unfair? Heck yes! Do I like it? No! Am I going to take the high road so that I don't spend the next eight weeks having difficulties with this professor and possibly open myself up to having to take a W or fail the class? Yes, I'm gonna take the high road, and it might SUCK, but that's the choice I've made.
And I have stood up for myself, I've talked with the professor three times about this matter, just because I didn't get the desired outcome doesn't mean I haven't stood up for myself. Getting what you want isn't the marker of someone who stands up for themselves, in my opinion.
Thank you guys for your comments, for the most part they have been very encouraging.