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Professor gives cheaters reprieve

Nov. 11, 2010

By Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A business management professor at the University of Central Florida is offering his cheating students a deal: Confess and take a four-hour ethics class and their college transcripts will be wiped clean.

Richard Quinn said he found out that as many as a third of his 600 seniors at the Orlando school had cheated on a recent midterm. He said a student anonymously dropped off a copy of the test with the answers. Every student had to retake the exam this week.

Students had been expecting a lecture on mergers and acquisitions, but instead, Quinn offered his deal. The lecture has been captured on a YouTube video.

He said those who don't turn themselves in and instead get caught face the prospect of not graduating.

He told ABC News that about half the cheaters have confessed.