Engineering profs may use cameras to counter cheating
Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 15:02
The Department of Civil Engineering is cracking down on cheating and homework collaboration by incorporating videotaping its students in certain classes.
"We do videotape student presentations at the undergraduate level for selected courses and at the graduate level for the students who take CIE 900 grad seminar," Robin Collins, chair and Davison professor of civil and environmental engineering, said. "I am not aware of videotaping during exams."
Departments in CEPS have enacted stricter policies for homework collaboration and have defined more clearly what constitutes cheating, as there have been problems with cheating in the past.
"I am not allowed to go to any of my peers for help, which is so much easier than trying to track down a TA or professor," Monica Plante, an engineering student, said.
For students, the added surveillance is not welcomed.
The possibility of a professor saying that cameras will be used to [monitor] exams is not surprising," Plante said. "However, it is extreme. I am disturbed by this news and I think other UNH students should also be.
"I don't think the university needs to use surveillance cameras to catch students cheating on exams," Plante said.
It has been confirmed that Dr. Melton, a professor in the civil engineering department, will use a surveillance camera to monitor students during exams for CIE 665.
Students believe other measures could be taken to prevent incidents of cheating.
"There are plenty of other resources, such as getting more teaching assistants to proctor exams and getting a larger room," Plante said. "Many times I have sat in classrooms without the proper spacing from other people to ensure no wandering eyes will look onto my paper."
Plante added that the wrong classroom size for exams is something that can be readily fixed. She feels professors are just too lazy to try and actually book a room with adequate size.
"The registrar needs to figure that situation out and have more large rooms available," she said. "In any case, surveillance cameras are not needed."