Last week, news surfaced that a large group of students have been using Chegg, an online tutoring service, to cheat on their school mandated COVID-19 tests. A similar scandal happened in the spring of this year in which students were caught using Chegg during their online chemistry exams, and it seems as though they have repurposed the technique to pass their COVID-19 tests.
In light of the resurgence of online cheating issues, BU administration has stated that “Cheating is a pandemic far worse than COVID-19,” and that the school “will be shifting all attention and resources away from the COVID-19 response efforts, and placing all our focus on beating the deadly virus that is academic dishonesty.”
The crackdown on Chegg has led to an increase in other types of cheating. According to an anonymous student source, a black market has developed in which students buy and sell “clean” mucus to use on their tests.
Some students have also been sending in impostors to take their tests for them. The impostors have reportedly included other students, two toddlers stacked on top of each other inside a trench coat, and an out-of-work BU alum Jason Alexander wearing various disguises.
At press time, President Brown (or potentially Jason Alexander in a President Brown costume) was seen opening up a leather jacket full of vials for a presumed customer in the alleyway behind the Howard Thurman Center testing site.