Originally Posted by Huntsman
It isn't my logic that is flawed.
First, I stated that those comparisons were pretty ridiculous, but that I was trying to keep it within the schema proposed by Jodum. Anyway, if you're going to refute my logic, can you try to not border on the absurd as well? Regardless, I shall continue along that line.
1. I've had enough medical crap go on in my family that I've had to ask for a deferment or extension on an exam. Nearly did for these finals. You will get it if you really need it. But, say she didn't.
2. If she'd always studied hard and even kept up with the work she would not flunk due to the effect of one exam, and thus it is not a choice based on survival.
No, no, no. We are not discussing behaviors that MAY have a negative impact upon me, or whether or not they are permissable under certain circumstances. We are discussing behaviors that irrefutably DO have a negative impact on me regardless of circumstance, and why they are not permissible.
If you really want to maintain the comparsion to cheating in this schema, the most appropriate scenario would be if I had flown home scraping into cars along the way. In fact that analogy refutes 3) above perfectly, as it concerns not merely the potential for harm, but the harm that actually does occur. Naturally, getting banged into generally prompts an appeal to authority -- you call the cops. The OP reported a cheater. I would not consider my banging into people on the way home acceptable with respect to any mitigating circumstances, precisely as I don't consider cheating acceptable with respect to mitigating circumstances.
I'm not sure why you believe these circumstances to be so absurd and far-fetched. RE: 1 score not greatly influencing her final grade; many graduate programs offer one exam at the end of the semester worth 100% of the final grade. RE: not being granted an extension, true in most cases this would not be the case, however, I have had one instance personally where I was in a much worse situation and was told "tough luck"
The connection between cheating undoubtedly causing "harm" and wreckless driving not doing so with any degree of certainty is a bit weak. There are simply to many factors to make this distinction; difficulty of the test, size of the class, whether cheating actually helped her etc.
I do however understand your point and accept your opinion.
Interestingly, I remember an anon survey conducted by my ethics and law professor in which he asked us to state whether or not we would turn in a known cheater, in a class of 31, only 1 person said that they would.
In the end, its totally subjective. As i've said the third time, its just a punk move. The original poster just needs to mind his own business. I think I'm even more turned off by his actions because he didn't even have the balls to say to the TA. "The girl next to me is cheating. She has the papers on her." It just seems spineless to me. One day when someone blows the whistle on him, he'll understand what a few of us are saying.