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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightview View Post
    ...the Open University want this user Kdpfc named and shamed as it is not fair on people that are trying to do things 'by the book'
    To be "fair" to those who obey the rules, wouldn't it make more sense to simply expel the individual in question (or give him/her failing grades where appropriate?) The cheater will just go someplace else to continue cheating; all you will have accomplished is stifling discussion among people who (should) have little interest in the internal affairs of OU.

    Sorry to belabor an obvious (to me) point, but IMO it's not the responsibility of people here on the forum to shun someone on the theory that he/she might be a bad student.

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    I understand your point Gandalf223, the problem with expelling this person is that unfortunately the Open University have no indication of the students actual name

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    I would agree -- it's very tough for us to know that someone is cheating on a test. We get hundreds of questions here on the forum. Now, usually, if someone just posts a list of questions which appears like it was copied off a test page we usually say something like, "Please do your own homework.". But someone posting one or two questions is very difficult to police -- virtually impossible.
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    I agree with Gandalf, this isn't the way to handle this. I know prof's don't like to actually deal with academic dishonesty, as in most places it is a huge headache. I know some people just deal with it nudge-nudge wink-wink by failing the student rather than kicking them out because there's less paperwork involved that way, and unless you have rock solid evidence it's often more certain than going before a disciplinary committee.

    This doesn't seem to be the case here though. This really isn't that much different than asking a fellow student in a traditional class for help with a problem, and that happens all the time. If he's getting help on his assignments and that's against the rules, give him a written warning and document it. If he does it again, then it's an issue. Expecting a public shaming on a forum where he has few posts to be an effective means of discipline is pretty naive, IMHO.
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