“more than 300 reports of misconduct as of early November”
Who could have predicted such a thing? This pandemic, and online classes, have been a disaster for higher ed.
Campus Reform reports:
Berkeley cheating allegations spike nearly 400 percent with online classes
According to the University of California-Berkeley student newspaper, The Daily Cal, the university’s Center for Student Conduct has seen a 400 percent increase of alleged academic misconduct compared with last year, amounting to more than 300 reports of misconduct as of early November.
The Berkeley Campus Code of Student Contact manual states that academic misconduct includes “cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, or facilitating academic dishonesty.”
Campus spokesperson Adam Ratliff told the newspaper that the increase in academic misconduct is occurring nationwide, and not just at UC-Berkeley.
He also said that the university has not revised its Code of Student Conduct for the fall semester while remote learning is in place, and stated that the Center for Student Conduct is making evaluations on allegations of academic misconduct on a case-by-case basis.
While the university hasn’t changed its policies, some professors and instructors have.
Sabeeha Merchant, a plant and microbial biology professor, told the student newspaper that any form of academic misconduct in her class will result in a zero on the particular assignment and a one-letter drop in the student’s final grade in the course.
“I don’t think students should be able to walk away from the misconduct, but it need not be an F in the class,” Merchant told the student newspaper. “I can imagine that the financial picture has changed for many students and perhaps this should be taken into account this year in terms of consequences that involve suspension.”
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