Cell phones may be becoming more than just an annoyance in the
Last January, students at the University of Maryland were caught
cheating through text messaging during a test, according to USA
Today article from 2003. The article also noted that there have
been reported cases of students using camera phones to take
pictures of exams then e-mailing them to friends. This problem
seems to be increasing as technology rapidly develops.
Even at CSU, professors are noticing cell phones and text
messaging becoming a more prevalent distraction.
“The other day I looked around the classroom and I saw people
text messaging,” said Joe Champ, assistant professor of journalism.
“Can’t they wait 30 minutes to get out of class before they do that
Even students are beginning to notice this rising trend.
“I have never cheated using text messaging but I know people
that have,” said Emily Short, CSU freshman photography major.
Short said some of her teachers have already started taking
better precautions in the classroom by not allowing people to bring
any personal items such as a purse or cell phone during test days.
Yet, she also said the idea of banning phones from class is a
“I believe that kids can use them to cheat and they can be
distracting,” Short said. “But I don’t think they should be banned
from the classroom in case of emergencies,”
Some professors are now aware of this technological cheating
method and have their eye out for any cell phone use during exams.
Champ said he walks up and down the aisles of his classroom during
a test for the sole purpose of catching cheaters red-handed.
“I have never caught anyone cheating by using text messaging,
but I have caught people cheating,” Champ said.
According to an article in The Daily Camera from 2003, faculty
at the University of Colorado-Boulder, are warned to look out for
new, “high-tech” cheating methods.
Aside from cheating, some students believe text messaging to be
a great technological development.
“I think it’s a huge advance,” Short said in defense of this
Some students agreed that text messaging is not a current threat
to classroom cheating and phones should not be removed from the
classrooms here at CSU.
J�an Hadziathanassiou, a junior business management
major, said that one reason cell phones should not be banned from
class is for the sake of non-traditional students who need to get a
hold of their kids and families.
Hadziathanassiou said cell phones rarely interrupt his classes
and that “it’s never enough to lose concentration.”
CSU has yet to ban cell phones.
“It doesn’t matter if you ban it or not, I think students will
find a way to get around it especially in large lecture hall
classes,” said Julianna Korman freshman business major. “So I think
that banning text massaging would be an unnecessary action.”