Indiana University has a new way of ensuring that students at its Kelley School of Business aren't cutting any corners: The school has opted to install cameras in classrooms to film students while they take their most important exams, Fox 59 reports.
In response to growing enrollment and a lack of exam proctors, the school started testing out the cameras in the spring and began using them during mid-terms this fall. Interim Dean Idalene Kesner told Fox 59 the cameras have already helped to capture questionable behavior that would otherwise have gone unnoticed.
"Like every school, we're concerned about ensuring that students aren't cheating on exams," Kesner said.
The installation of the cameras comes on the heels of a cheating scandal at Harvard University revealed in August that continues to make headlines. Administrators there reviewed more than 250 take-home exams after suspicions arose that half of students had either collaborated or plagiarized on portions of the test.
(In response to the initial investigation, some Harvard students spoke out, saying group work was allowed and that the rules of the particular test were confusing.)
Back in 2007, the Indiana University School of Dentistry faced its own cheating scandal, one that led to the dismissal of nine students and the suspension of six more. The students allegedly viewed a copy of an exam online before it was given.
From June of 2011 to July of 2012, IU as a whole received 102 more reports of academic misconduct than it had during the same period the year before. But school officials told WBIW the increase may have been due to better detection, rather than a greater number of students cheating.
Still, classroom cameras aren't the first measure IU has taken this year to try and deter cheating. Earlier this fall, the school started requiring first-time cheating offenders to attend an 8-hour academic integrity seminar, according to WBIW.