The Rubicon

Q&A with an anonymous student on the secret life of cheating at SPA

Thomas Toghramadjian, Opinions Editor

December 23, 2013

Q: What kinds of academic dishonesty do you see people commit most commonly? Copying homework answers from each other. Q: Do you see the same people commonly rely on cheating, or is it an isolated incident? I don’t really see the same people rely on it as the only way of getting their homework do...

Cheating undermines long-term learning

Gita Raman, Feature Editor

December 23, 2013

The word “cheating” is associated with images of answer keys, clandestine signals, or students looking over each other’s shoulders. However, cheating takes many different forms--some less obvious than others. What causes this urge to take credit for something that isn’t yours or giving away your...

Competitive environment fuels the urge to cheat

Competitive environment fuels the urge to cheat

Thomas Toghramadjian, Opinions Editor

December 20, 2013

Four years of high school can be reduced to a collection of rankings and accolades: the first curve in Honors Earth Science, quarterly honor rolls, awards assemblies, and, finally, college decisions. Throughout, there remains a distinct element of competition—silent or not. Students compare grades...

The Dean weighs in on cheating

Judy Cummins, Dean of Students

December 20, 2013

The Upper School is a unique community where students and faculty live the shared values of trust, honesty and respect. Academic honesty is a key component of these values. I believe that our students do not take these expectations lightly and, consequently, when academic dishonesty occurs, it is a serious...