When I was in college, I had two older brothers I over lapped w/. My oldest brother took an Art Appreciation class and as part of that class you had to write a semester ending essay. His best friend then took the class another semester and handed in the same essay. My older brother (younger than my oldest brother) tried to turn in the same essay in yet another semester. Unfortunately for him, the third time was not the charm and the Prof realized after the 3rd time that he'd seen it before and there were consequences.
(Obviously, when I took art appreciation, I wrote my own essay.)
These days that no longer works in many cases. Every project I have students hand is handed in electroncially and goes into a database system that then compares them to every other document that has ever been entered into the system as well things like common web pages.
So for those of you that are students or are considering being students when handing things like semester ending projects, you might want to keep that in mind.
Due to the nature of the project I give out, you can't just hand in somebody else's project as your own. Parts of it are unique to the student based on something they are assigned. But much of it can be changed pretty easily by only modifying a few words that are unique to the students.
I appear to have a student that has done that at least for most of it.
I hate handeling situations like this and I do have some flexibility (if I report it, I have to go with the official judgement, but we aren't FORCED (or even really strongly encouraged) to report it.)
So I'm also hoping to get some input.
Has anybody ever been on the cheating side of this and had an experience that they felt long term really benefited them?