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Ohio State: 83 Cheated on Test Using Social Media, University Says

Ohio State: 83 Cheated on Test Using Social Media, University Says
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By    |   Friday, 10 November 2017 09:16 AM

Ohio State University has accused 83 students in a business class of cheating on a test by using a group messaging app to share information last year.

An investigation was conducted by Ohio State’s Committee on Academic Misconduct after a professor alerted authorities, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

As a result, the undergraduate students were charged with being in violation of the school’s code of conduct.

NBC4i reported that the students who were enrolled in the Fisher College of Business used of the social media app “GroupMe” to collaborate on the graded assignment.

OSU spokesman Ben Johnson said students were permitted to use social media tools such as “GroupMe” to communicate with one another and, although they were allowed to share information such as a due date for a homework assignment, the sharing of answers in a final exam would not be tolerated.

“Students should not share anything online that is prohibited by the rules for the course,” he said, per the Dispatch.

The incident has sparked debates on whether the use of technology to collaborate on assignments was advisable.

Senior Yulyla Abukhovich told NBC4i that cheating was “very serious in Fisher and we don’t cheat because I don’t want to get out of the college.”

Abukhovich added that collaboration was required for many classes “so as long as you don’t cross this boundary I think it is good to use it.”

Graduate student Ace Lassman told ABC News there could be pressure on students to cheat when a friend messages them asking for help.

“You just got to stick by your principles and say ‘No. I can help you try to learn this, but I'm not going to give you the answers.’”

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