Plagiarism & Cheating

SolBridge cheating & plagiarism policy

Most of our students are honest and do their own work. That said, when designing assignments and exams, professors should take into consideration the new forms of online help and cheating that are available. Preventing cheating is essential for maintaining academic integrity and making sure all students are competing fairly.

Reporting cheating

In the case that a student has cheated on an exam or a significant assignment:

Cheating prevention

General advice for minimizing the potential for cheating

None of the tips here are perfect solutions. But they can make cheating harder for students to do and easier for professors to catch.

Sample procedure for live online exams via Zoom

The document here provides a sample testing procedure for conducting live, online exams over Zoom. This was developed for a mathematics course

A summary of the procedure:

This procedure is not perfect, but it makes cheating harder and more complicated for the students and easier for proctors to catch.

Feel free to use this procedure in your own classes, with modifications as necessary.

Exam procedure - online handwritten exams

Modern cheating resources

Many online resources exist that can support cheating and plagiarism, and smartphones put these resources at students' fingertips even during class time or during exams.

Textbook problem solution banks

Providing full solutions to textbook problems has become a large market. Many sites offer access to textbook solutions for a relatively small monthly fee.

For example, here is a set of full worked solutions for a popular calculus textbook, via Quizlet. The cost for unlimited access to all solutions is cheap at roughly $3 USD per month.

Well-known sites

How to check if full solutions exist for your textbook:

Just search online for the name of the book + "solutions".

Past semester exam banks

Many websites encourage students to provide copies of past assignments or exams. (Students who do so then receive access to content uploaded by others.)

In some cases, answers are also provided for these questions.

Many such documents have been uploaded by SolBridge students. Course Hero is the largest example.


Sites with large repositories of SolBridge exams

AI problem solver websites

Solver websites attempt to solve any question a person throws at them. These sites are especially effective for math-related fields, but not only them.

Often these sites are effective to the point that a student can just copy/paste in the question and copy out the answer without even understanding what the question is asking, let alone being able to understand or interpret the provided solution.

Most often these sites provide full worked solutions or references for any information they provide.

For example, here's a z-test for a population mean, and here's a matrix multiplication result.

Well-known sites

AI writing tools

Paraphrasing tools

Many online tools exist that can take a source text and paraphrase it well enough that Turnitin will not flag it as plagiarism. Student work written in this way may not technically meet the definition of plagiarism, but nonetheless it becomes possible for students to complete a writing  or essay assignment without any significant effort on their part.

AI writing tools

Modern text generation AI programs are capable of creating original writing from simple text prompts. The results are high quality and are difficult to distinguish from work written by a human. You can read a sample AI essay here and here.

Detecting work done by AI

Instructors can also learn to detect when AI has likely been used:

AI detection of AI paraphrasing: Turnitin is able to recognize paraphrased text if the paraphrasing is minimal (e.g. a few adjectives or adverbs here or there).

AI detection of AI writing: Turnitin offers an additional report that determines if any part of a text was written by an AI. More information about this is available on the Turnitin page.

Other detection tools also exist, though new AI writing tools will likely be designed specifically to defeat these detectors: