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College student attempting to cheat on an exam. Photo credit: Flickr user 5tein.
College student attempting to cheat on an exam. Photo credit: Flickr user 5tein.

Ever Been Tempted To Cheat? Don't!

Date Posted: 04/23/15

Author: admin


Have you ever been tempted to cheat on one of your exams? Maybe copy someone else's answers for a homework assignment? Or take an an online quiz with a group of friends? Here's a single word of advice: Don't!

One pre-med student recently took cheating to an extreme and accessed his college's grade system to change his transcript. He instantaneously went from a failing student on academic probation to being a straight A student. He then landed himself in jail. Jacob Mahonri Espinal of Brigham Young University's Idaho campus plead guilty grand theft and computer fraud. He received 180 days jail time and 5 years of supervised probation for the offense. You can read about the case here.

While it may be true that most students who cheat will never even get caught, the consequences when you do can be devastating. Most who are caught won't receive jail time. But they will face other harsh penalties such as academic probation or even expulsion from the university. Try explaining that to a medical school admissions committee. It won't be easy.

Next time all your friends are cheating and encourage you to join, remember this: If you're caught, your medical career will likely be over. Spend the extra time doing your work honestly. You'll learn more and you won't risk your future career.