Smartphones have become ubiquitous in society. You take your phone with you everywhere you go. Between texting and Google Maps, you could hardly make plans with friends, and you’d probably even get lost driving.
However, smartphones can present problems for students when it comes to sitting in class or taking exams. Especially in the era of COVID-19, when so many classes are entirely online, professors are on the watch for anyone using their smartphone to cheat on an exam or assignment.
If you’re thinking about using your phone to cheat on an exam, you should probably be aware of the consequences first. At DC Student Defense, we defend students who are accused of cheating on a regular basis, so we know how serious these accusations can be.
Below is our breakdown of the consequences of cheating with your phone, and what you can do to avoid cheating accusations.
Consequences of cheating with your smartphone
Any form of cheating is almost certainly going to be a violation of your school’s code of conduct or academic honesty policy.
For example, the George Washington University’s policies and procedures define cheating in part as:
“Intentionally or knowingly using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.”
This definition encompasses cheating on exams or assignments where accessing other materials is forbidden by the professor. By choosing to violate these policies, you are taking an enormous risk, and if you’re caught, the consequences can be quite severe.
Here are some of the academic consequences you might face if you’re caught cheating with a smartphone:
- Verbal reprimand
- Written reprimand
- Failing grade (for the class or assignment)
- Dismissal from the course
- Academic, disciplinary, or athletic probation
- Loss of privileges (sports, clubs, etc.)
- Loss of scholarships
Cheating with a smartphone on a final exam or a midterm will almost certainly result in failure of the course. If necessary for graduation, you will have to retake the course, which will be a massive eyesore on your transcript no matter how you cut it.
Whatever the case, this will result in money lost and great frustration all around.
How to avoid cheating accusations
Regardless of whether you actually did cheat, an accusation of cheating can have some serious consequences for your academic future. To avoid this crisis, here are some tips on how to avoid cheating accusations:
- Don’t cheat: this one may seem a bit obvious, but it’s important
- Follow testing protocols to the T: for example, time limits, deadlines, and secure exam browsers
- Don’t use your phone during a test: even if it’s for something else, like texting a friend
- Cite your sources properly: check out this resource from Purdue OWL on what counts as plagiarism
- Hire a student defense attorney if you’re accused on cheating
Contact DC Student Defense
If you do find yourself accused of cheating on an exam or assignment, don’t fret. An experienced student defense attorney like Shan Wu will make sure your rights are respected, and help you prepare a defense so that you don’t suffer serious long-term consequences to your academic career. Contact DC Student Defense for a free consultation today.
These materials have been prepared by Cohen Seglias for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed as legal advice.