right arrow
Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04
STUDENT GUEST OF THE WEEK: Ethan is a burgeoning tech enthusiast who got accepted into Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Duke, Brown. This week he's answering your questions on how to best craft your application and narrow down your college search/decision process. ASK HIM ANYTHING!
Concerned about how to pay for college amid COVID-19 economic changes? Join us for a webinar on Thu, Apr. 9 at 5pm ET. REGISTER NOW and let us know what questions you have and want answered.
Most of the decisions are in by now. Connect with fellow students and share support for those who didn't get the best news.

accused of academic dishonesty - can I report the professor for discriminating against me

greenteaagreenteaa 22 replies2 threads Junior Member
Last semester, I was charged of academic dishonesty because I searched the online solution on one of homework assignments. However, the specific policy that "internet is not allowed" is not mentioned in class or written on the top of the assignment.
The professors for other classes that have specific rules (like prohibition of internet on take-home exams) either talk about the policy in class or include it in the honor pledge on the exam. However, the board refuses to consider my case as ignorance of policy because the policy is written in the syllabus (who will read academic honesty policy closely in syllabus????), and board members want to directly kick me off because this is not my first charge. I am wondering whether it is possible to get rid of the mess by claiming that I feel targeted and discriminated.
For example, after I was charged of academic dishonesty, he did not grade my draft paper until the second draft was due. Even though it was graded at a very late point, he did not give me any feedback on the draft (while he was supposed to so). At the end of the semester, he did not grade my second draft, peer review, and final version of paper. At that time, the case hasn't been reviewed by the board yet. Even though I know that I am going to fail this course because of this charge, I still managed to complete all assignments. But isn't he supposed to grade all assignments submitted????? Thank you all for reading and I need some advise!
20 replies
· Reply · Share

Replies to: accused of academic dishonesty - can I report the professor for discriminating against me

  • greenteaagreenteaa 22 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Besides, on school's website, it is said that the instructor must mention the course-specific academic honesty policy in class within first two weeks. Can I appeal by saying that he never mentioned this policy in class? I had professors who allowed the use of online tutorials and Chegg on homework in the past. this is my first time having a professor who gives very challenging problems on homework, hates students to use internet on homework, does not provide solutions to homework, offers no TA office hours, and only have 1 office hour each week (which often gets canceled).
    · Reply · Share
  • aunt beaaunt bea 10191 replies70 threads Senior Member
    edited February 17
    Agree with the other posters^^^^.
    Ignorance of the policy is a weak excuse.
    He did mention it in the first two weeks in a syllabus which you were required to read.
    I am wondering whether it is possible to get rid of the mess by claiming that I feel targeted and discriminated.
    How were you targeted and discriminated? This makes no sense. The policy was in the syllabus. All the students are assumed to be ready for college and you are supposed to read everything presented by a professor, ESPECIALLY the syllabus because that’s how you are graded.

    Additionally some professors have 400 students. They’re not going to hold your hands and do what your teachers did in high school-make corrections and get it back to you so you can get a higher grade. That doesn’t happen in college; you’re supposed to be able to know what to do. He can get it back to you anytime he wants; it’s his class.
    I had professors who allowed the use of online tutorials and Chegg on homework in the past. this is my first time having a professor who gives very challenging problems on homework, hates students to use internet on homework
    So what? You can’t use the excuse that because other professors allow things, that this professor should too.

    College professors are preparing you for the real world and for job opportunities. Employers don’t want people that don’t know how to work for themselves or figure out solutions from paperwork.
    My husband interviews new candidates. He gives basic written test questions during interviews. If a candidate doesn’t pass this basic test, he doesn’t consider hiring them because they can’t problem-solve. My sister also does hiring for her firm. If the person doesn’t pass her mini test, she doesn’t consider hiring them.
    A generation or so, when we were in school, there was no such thing as Internet. We had to research in books from the library. Your professor may be my age and he’s doing the right thing.

    Also, based on your weak writing skills on this post, I’m wondering if reading and writing is a significant weakness of yours? It appears to adversely impact your interpretation of printed information.
    I was charged of academic dishonesty
    Should be: I was charged with
    and board members want to directly kick me off
    Should be: kick me out
    You have multiple errors with knowing which preposition to use in a sentence; you also have errors with past and present tense in your sentences, so I think this is affecting your reading/writing skills.
    edited February 17
    · Reply · Share
  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 9503 replies361 threads Senior Member
    board members want to directly kick me off because this is not my first charge.

    I am wondering whether it is possible to get rid of the mess by claiming that I feel targeted and discriminated. For example, after I was charged of academic dishonesty, he did not grade my draft paper until the second draft was due.

    What does what happened after you were caught cheating have to do with the cheating charge? It sounds to me like you were caught cheating (again) and if you can't wriggle out of the consequences by claiming ignorance you want to lie and say the professor accused you of cheating because they were "targeting and discriminating" against you so they'll drop the cheating charge. Is that right? You'd be willing to add a huge black mark to this man's permanent career record so you can get away with cheating? If so, you deserve to be expelled.
    · Reply · Share
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15486 replies1042 threads Senior Member
    You cheated, you got caught and you are trying to weasel out of it with any excuse you can think of. Take responsibility for your actions.
    · Reply · Share
  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7594 threads Super Moderator
    However, the board refuses to consider my case as ignorance of policy because the policy is written in the syllabus (who will read academic honesty policy closely in syllabus????)
    There is a well-known legal principle which works against you: Ignorantia juris non excusat - ignorance of law excuses no one. Any claim that you were "targeted" and "discriminated" against says more about you - and not in a good way.
    · Reply · Share
  • TS0104TS0104 1249 replies30 threads Senior Member
    edited February 17
    Your first sentence in your post #1 (your reply to yourself) seems to be the only possible grounds for appeal. Targeting, discrimination, your experience in other classes, and your experience since your violation have nothing to do with it.

    "Besides, on school's website, it is said that the instructor must mention the course-specific academic honesty policy in class within first two weeks."

    If the web site really says that exact wording, maybe this is your grounds. But I think the meaning is that the policy was communicated during the first two weeks, and it was, on the syllabus. I don't know how you are going to prove that the professor never said it in class, unless he/she backs up that statement.
    edited February 17
    · Reply · Share
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 40409 replies2208 threads Super Moderator
    Communication of policy can be in writing. Does not have to be verbal. You have no grounds to appeal. You should be thankful if you’re not kicked out.
    · Reply · Share
  • RichInPittRichInPitt 2078 replies33 threads Senior Member
    Posting on a public forum that you might make up a discrimination charge as a way to get out of/get revenge for cheating, which is due to your failure to read material that was provided you, is a great way to put a big black mark against your name for the rest of your life.

    The internet is not anonymous.
    · Reply · Share
  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN 3601 replies13 threads Senior Member
    The syllabus language on academic integrity doesn’t need to be repeated at the top of every assignment as the OP writes in his or her first paragraph. Uggh.
    · Reply · Share
  • HPuck35HPuck35 2067 replies16 threads Senior Member
    What happens when the professor sues you for a frivolous lawsuit?
    · Reply · Share
  • PrdMomto1PrdMomto1 369 replies5 threads Member
    At my D's college the students are given lots of assignments where they are not allowed to use the internet and/or other people to help them. Sometime they CAN use materials supplied by the instructor such as the book or class notes. The specific rules are always detailed in the syllabus. Occasionally they will be reiterated on top of an assignment, but not always. My D is constantly checking the syllabus if she's not sure. In one class there are 4 different types of assignments given and all have different levels of help they are allowed to get and/or resources they are allowed to use. It's her responsibility to know the difference and follow the rules. It sucks at times because she'll have to turn in things she knows are wrong and I'm sure there are some students who don't follow the rules who get higher grades. But it's just not worth the risk and it's not the right thing to do.

    I'm not sure how your a couple of years into college and you haven't figured out yet that you need to be carefully reading your syllabus. I also wonder how many times you've cheated and haven't been caught.
    · Reply · Share
  • aunt beaaunt bea 10191 replies70 threads Senior Member
    @greenteaa, I’m sure you’ve had time to read through some of the posts here. We haven’t heard from you, but given your history, we understand.
    It should help you to figure out what to do, but make sure that you READ through the posts.
    · Reply · Share
  • lookingforwardlookingforward 35301 replies399 threads Senior Member
    And learn what "discrimination " means, in a legal context. This doesn't seem to fly.
    · Reply · Share
Sign In or Register to comment.

Recent Activity