So I'm a senior in college studying finance and due to the coronavirus outbreak classes have been online. Because of this online classes have been super relaxed and I for one have been relieved as many hard ass professors totally relax their grading and pass almost any student who still does the work.
I'm in an upper level business statistics course and this was the one class I was ecstatic about it going online because it's really hard. The first exam was replaced with a project I did really well on and things have been smooth sailing. The final which is 46% of our grade was on canvas. She tells us it's open note but says "there is to be no communication with others." So I assume that means canvas is monitoring whether or not you are texting or emailing on your computer etc. I think to myself "sweet I'll be able to google examples of questions and figure out how to solve ones, along with using my notes and previous quizzes on canvas piece of cake.
I'm up super late studying get a few hours of sleep and head over to my computer at 8:58am ready to ace this exam. It opens directly at 9 I only have an hour and a half to complete 30 difficult finance questions so I click accept (whilst still half asleep) and don't even read the terms and guidelines section because I need every minute I can get. The exam is being monitored through proctorio which monitors audio and your camera along with whether or not your computer is receiving emails or texts etc. In the past when using procotrio anytime they don't want you googling other information it locks your ability to open new tabs in chrome so I think to myself again I am doing nothing wrong. I'm googling questions from time to time browsing between my notes, old homework/quizzes and solving questions. I Finish the exam with 8 seconds to spare and submit it.
I check my score, see I got a B and smile. The terms and conditions page is still up where I pressed accept 2 hours earlier and I begin to read it, and then I see it in the middle of a large block of text. "You may not look up anything in the internet or communicate with anyone other than the instructor." I dropped my coffee and my heart sinks. A tear or two comes into my eye as I realize I have made an astronomical fuckup that I could've fixed in a second. I know ignorance is not an excuse but I sent my professor an email right away saying I made a really big mistake and that I had googled definitions of the questions but for the most part had used the materials on canvas (which is true.) Along with a bunch of other stuff such as I had a moral dilemma to see if the software caught me googling it or not but I would rather come clean and do the right thing.
She responds "Thanks for letting me know unless you have researched directly the answers to questions (which would have been knowingly cheating), it is OK." Then goes on about how the situation is super strange and if I have any more questions to contact her. I was shook. I was also confused in my email because I said I had a tutorial website open on how to solve questions in excel along with the fact that I "googled definitions of things" Is she giving me a pass? I understand she's asking if I copy and pasted questions directly and actually searched them which I did, but how is that any different than googling a step by step method of how to solve a problem? So if a question asks "How many boxes can Bobs light store ship out with 5 employees etc. by using what if analysis in excel" and I look up "how to use what if analysis in excel" is that any different? I mean every question I googled I didn't even find anything close to it either so I resorted to websites explaining on how to solve similar questions, but that is somehow okay?
In an open note test taken in a lecture hall you can bring a whole study guide with you. But phones are not allowed because you are SOL if you don't know a question on the exam and the answers not in your study guide. I mean I really don't get it I came clean and was expecting an email back like thanks for your honesty you get a zero or we can work something out. Not "it's okay as long as it wasn't this type of cheating."
So here's the tricky part, do I A. Email her right now tell her what happened and if she says you are getting a zero drop the class? The deadline to drop is tonight (extended because of rona.) But honor code could become involved and that might make it tricky even if I did drop the class they could revert it to an F. If I come clean I have no idea what the repercussions will be, but I also really don't want to retake this class again. B.Wait and see, and hope she goes through the protocor report and either doesn't see or doesn't care.
If you guys have any other options I'll take them.
What should I do boys?
**This thread was edited on Apr 30th 2020 at 10:16:02pm
**This thread was edited on Apr 30th 2020 at 10:17:37pm