Indiana University officials have started a program aimed at cracking down on cheating by Kelley School of Business students.
Over the past three years IU has seen a rise in its total number of reported cheating cases, according to Jason Casares, the university’s Director of Student Ethics. He says his office heard of 468 cases of academic misconduct by undergraduate and graduate students last school year.
Casares says that number represents an increase of more than 20 percent from the year prior.
“There’s no real way to figure out quite yet at least if we’ll see if we’ll continue to increase this year,” Casares says. “Based off of the last three years it would suggest that we will continue to increase in numbers.”
Business majors were flagged for 77 cheating cases — the most of any major and many more than the 47 informatics cheating instances which ranked second on the list. As a result, the Kelley School is taking steps to combat the issue. The school installed cameras in some of its classrooms to monitor cheating on exams.
Kelley School Interim Dean Idie Kesner says the program became necessary as the number of students grew and the number of proctors shrank.
“The cameras help us give basically eyes to what’s going on in the classroom, and they help us monitor the situation as a proctor would,” Kesner says.
Kelley Lecturer Amy Kinser says she thinks the cameras send a message to students about the importance of honesty.
“I am personally am never against anything that’s going to help maintain integrity, not only in the classroom but then further into their careers,” she says.
Testing of the cameras began in the spring, but they were not officially turned on until this fall. The school wanted to make sure students were well aware that they might be filmed in class, so placards are now mounted in classrooms informing students of possible video-proctoring.