February 3, 2023

The cheaters were outed to the rest of the faculty

In a bid to stop students from cheating in exams, a genius teacher came up with a question to catch them out and put a stop to the rule-breaking once and for all.

Having noticed that more students were going to the bathroom than usual, a teacher deduced that they must be cheating. So, in the hopes of catching them red-handed, the teacher added their own question to the exam knowing that the kids would flee to the bathroom to use their phones.

One student recalled seeing lots of their peers going to the toilet, which “irritated” them. The unnamed student said one question was not even related to the teaching material. Part A of the two-part question was “fairly easy”, but part B posed a more significant challenge. This was the question the teacher had inputted themselves.

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After the exam, the teacher sent an email explaining why he had launched his plan.

“He purposely made part B impossible to solve, and about a month before the final he got a teaching assistant to ask the exact question [online], which was distinctly worded to be unique,” the student wrote on Reddit. “He then created his own account and answered the question with a bulls*** solution that seems right at first glance but is actually fundamentally flawed and very unlikely that someone would make the same assumptions and mistakes independently.”

Out of the 99 students, 14 handed in an answer that matched the one the teacher posted online. All were subsequently graded a zero and reported to the university for violating the academic honour pledge they had all signed.

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However that’s not it; the students’ names were circulated to other faculty members, and the students who didn’t cheat were awarded full marks for the phoney question.

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