October 27, 2023 at 1:39 pm

‘So here they come, cutting their vacations short and catching planes.’ This Teacher Got Cheating Students To Fall Right Into Their Trap By Making Them Meet In Person To Discuss Their Grades

by Matthew Gilligan

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Cheating students…this is a warning to you.

We want you to read this story and, if you have any kind of brain rattling around inside your head at all, you’ll never do it again…

Because you might run into a teacher like this who isn’t playing around!

A guest professor at a university shared his revenge story about how he got even with a cheating student.

Cheating student thought he had me fooled. Fell right into my trap!

“So, I am a cancer researcher and a guest professor at an university’s school of medicine, teaching my speciality: Imaging. Besides the usual acquisitions of medical images using MRI, CT, etc…

Imaging as a lot to do with image processing. Some days I am just a glorified programmer/IT guy. And as anyone who has ever programmed anything will tell you, coding is a very personal activity. With enough experience, you can tell who wrote what just by looking at the lines.

He admitted that some students probably thought they could take advantage of him.

I am also in my late 20’s and I am not native to this country and it’s my first year has guest professor. So, some students look at me as this inexperienced, gullible, foreign guy.

As part of my module’s grading, the students have to submit 2 reports that weight 10% each, of their final grade. These reports are about image processing and they have to code a fair bit.

As usual there are students that make an effort, some do mininal work and then some cheat/copy. As I was grading the reports I notice a small group of students who found reports from previous years online and literally copy+paste those reports, changing only their name.

But he knew what he was up against and he’s been down this road before with cheating and plagiarism.

It was a facepalm moment, because those reports were not even good, and had lot of errors. (You see, in order to establish a baseline for my grading, I browsed previous years reports so I knew what to expect from the students of this module.) Naturally I graded them all with 0 and kept working my way through grading the reports I had left.

Meanwhile, the students “casually” asked me in the halls how were the reports. Off course I can’t comment on that until I release the grades.

One time, this dude, who has copied from another report (98% match on plagiarism checker) , asks me when will I release the grades and comes with this story that he worked really hard on his reports. That his exam hasn’t gone so well and he is hoping that the grade on his reports are enough to get a pass.

The professor was pretty annoyed with the cheating student so he decided to come up with a plan…and as he said, it was on!

I mean, submitting another person’s work as your own is very wrong, but it was an online submission and impersonal. Right now he was just lying through his teeth and to my FACE. I could feel my blood boiling, but I didn’t lost my composure and decide to come up with a plan.

I knew that my exam was the last exam of the semester and that after that the students usually go home or family vacations while they wait for their grades to be posted online. So I graded the exams and input their grades into my excel with their report grades. 4 students had zero due to cheating on their reports and if I graded their reports with 50% of the max grade they would BARELY FAIL the module. But they would fail nonetheless. So, It. Was. On!

But he also wanted to be fair to the other students. Still, he knew that certain bad apples would think they had outsmarted him.

In order to be fair I bumped everyone else’s grades, a bunch of people with miserable reports ended up barely passing because of my grade bump. But, even though their reports were bad, it was their own work and not copied from anywhere.

You see, students are entitled to make an appointment to review their grades after publishing and before the grades are locked for the year. Basically, they sit with me, we go through their exam and reports and their goal is to convince me to “give” them extra points in hope that they pass the module.

I knew the cheaters would come, after all, they think they fooled me once already, and they still have half the report’s points to bargain for. So I just waited for their emails.

Lo and behold, they write me the same day the grades go online, saying how hard they have worked on their reports and that they don’t understand how they only got 50%. And that they wanted an appointment. I was ecstatic! Sure, let’s review your grades!!

And then it was time for his revenge plan to play out.

Do you remember that my exam was the last one? Well, they were already on vacations… some very far away… and begged me for an online appointment.

No can do… university policy. Moreover you have 3 days to show for you appointment, otherwise the grades are locked, also university policy.

So here they come, cutting their vacations short and catching planes. Some spent hours in buses and trains to make it on time.

I know what many of you are thinking: they come, I show them the plagiarism checker results and reveal that I know that is not their work and send them on their way… well, I considered it but I had something better in mind.

He clearly took pleasure in what was going to happen and he made it clear that he’s not a fan of cheating AT ALL.

Those appointments usually take 10 minutes, I show them their work with my notes on what’s wrong/right and they try to find some inconsistencies in my grading and bargain for more points. I ain’t giving you the opportunity. Muahahaha!!

So, one by one they sit with me individually. And I go through their exam and reports…remember that they copied the reports? And copied bad ones, with a lot of errors…

I ask questions, lots of them: “why did you do this?” , “what is your reasoning for this?” – they don’t know… it’s not their work… they mumble random stuff, because they don’t know what to answer…

And he did not hold back one bit!

Point by point, mistake by mistake, I explain why it was wrong, how it should be done, lecturing the same material that they had already been lectured on during class…

I make it long, I make it boring… I make it painful… I spent hours with each one of them throughout those 3 days.

They always came with the same, “I worked sooooo hard on this”… and a little smirk on their face because they thought that it should be really easy to fool me, the gullible foreign again…

As the hours go by and I am walking through the errors one by one I could see their expression change… little by little, their hopes of passing being slowly crushed… and when they realized that I KNEW they cheated and I wasn’t going to give up any extra points.

At this point they tried to cut short their appointment and leave I wouldn’t let them.

And the kids who got put in their place aren’t done with him yet and they’ll be seeing his smiling face again very soon!

“We need to finish the review of your grades, its university policy”… And I just kept going, extending their misery for one more hour or two… it was legal torture, plain and simple!


At the end, every single one of them left with a “crushed soul” look in their eyes and a FAIL in my class… they knew that I caught them, that I baited them and they fell for it…

They ruined their vacation and their family vacations, spent money to travel back and forth, wasted precious summer time, got bored to death and have nothing to show for it.

And… next year they will have to repeat the module…WITH ME!!

“I hope you enjoy your summer!! See you next year!!””

Check out how folks reacted.

This person talked about how it works in their country.

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Another person shared what the rules are in the U.S.

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This individual talked about a lifelong cheater they knew.

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Another Reddit user said something like this happened to them.

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And one reader shared a story from their college days.

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Good job, teacher!

Now let’s hope you don’t have to deal with any of these kinds of shenanigans again!