Campus Cheating

When students go to their final exams at UNC-Chapel Hill, it's almost like going to the airport.

One student who showed up for her organic chemistry exam had to show a photo identification and search for a pre-assigned seat. If she needed to go to the bathroom, she would have to hand in her exam to eliminate the risk of using cheat sheets.

Some professors even ban book bags from exam rooms and ask students to turn baseball caps backward, in case notes are scribbled on the underside of the bill.

Reports of cheating have jumped recently at both Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill. Academic misconduct cases have doubled in five years at Duke, where several seniors might not graduate this weekend because of violations.

At UNC-Chapel Hill, cheating and plagiarism cases are up 60 percent since 2000.

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