Originally Posted by MrRogers
I've stated very clearly, many times now, that I mind my own business and make excellent grades on my own merit, without going out of my way to call out others.
(1) Keep up the hard work, and congratulations; (2) you're fortunate--some of the cheating I saw in college would have assured that several people didn't even have the opportunity to score well (e.g., people moving pins on dissected animals on practical exams, so that everyone after him would identify the wrong structures).
Perhaps many years down the road when the said "cheater" begins to work in the real world, their knowledge will be far below my own, thus their cheating will have finally caught up with them. Is justice not served in this manner?
Not necessarily: justice is still denied to the student who actually put in the work, but was beat out of the curve by one or more cheaters. Depending on the choice of career and other factors, the effect could be substantial.
The risk taken is being caught by administration; the people whose responsibility it is to catch cheaters.
I think the statistics pretty well demonstrate that the administration could use some help in this respect; and anyway, isn't there at least some responsibility shared by members of a civilized society to provide some assistance here? I know that this comparison is a bit hyperbolic, but I keep flashing back to that scumbag college student who did and said nothing while his friend lured a small child into a Vegas casino bathroom, then raped and killed her (he said that it wasn't "any of his business."). Isn't this the road we stagger toward when we abdicate any responsibility for maintaining an ethical or lawful standard?