The 217 students in Professor Mark Cannon’s PHY 2053C Physics 1 class were put in a tough spot early Wednesday morning when they were informed that they would all have to share a single printed copy of their midterm exam. Dr. Cannon, who was not present during the examination, allegedly miscounted the number of students in the class.
“I wasn’t sure what to do.” said Samuel Song, Cannon’s teaching assistant who proctored the exam. “I grabbed the box of tests from Dr. Cannon’s office. When I opened it in the lecture hall I was expecting 217 exams, but instead I saw only a single copy. I guess that’s why the box felt so light.”
Song was then forced to have the class (which consists of nearly every freshman in the university pursuing a STEM related major) share the lone copy of the exam. The exam was handed to freshman Hugh Packard, who sat in the first seat; the remaining 216 students were instructed to look over his shoulder without looking at his answers.
Dr. Cannon was unavailable for comment, however he has since reported every student in the class to the Office of Student Conduct for “academic dishonesty.”
Student reactions to the examination debacle ranged from incredulous and angry, to relieved and grateful:
“Honestly, I like the move; printing an insufficient number of paper tests demonstrates just how dedicated UCF is to environmentally friendly practices.”
“It was miserable in there, are you kidding me? There were about thirty of us in the back who couldn’t see, so we had to pass around a pair of binoculars. By the time they made it down the row to me there were only five minutes left in class.”
“My friend and I shared a scantron too, so I hope that’s alright.”
This isn’t the first incident of its kind to be reported at UCF. In August the Honors Symposium, (which has approximately 300 enrolled students) was accidentally scheduled in the twenty seat Business Administration 1 Room, 216A. Students were forced to sit on each other’s laps and shoulders for six weeks before the error was corrected.