So I’m in high school and I was wondering, in your opinion, are we morally obliged to report somebody if we see them cheating on an exam? not participating in it…but witnessing it.
I had a French test today and I saw a girl taking down notes for the spelling of two words. Just two words, and I know it was only for the spelling, not the meaning or anything. I expressed my disapproval to her but I didn’t say anything past that.
Am I under any obligation to tell the teacher? I keep thinking…it’s just two points. Is it really a big enough deal to take to the teacher? To be honest I really don’t want to. It feels like obsessing over details, making a huge deal out of tiny things. And it didn’t give her an advantage anyways, not really - the two words were from a unit we did on the names of animals and we were only required to write 6 out of 8 words, so she could have gotten by without knowing them at all. In addition, both of those words were written out in the multiple choice section right before the writing section, meaning that her notes were redundant as long as she could recognize the word.
Therefore, I would be reporting based entirely on the principal of the thing - the fact that she tried to cheat, not that she gained any real advantage. In the religious world, yes, intent is important, but in the academic world intent means nothing. So…I don’t know. Must I?