By natural selection i guess - 09/12/2016 09:02
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All they have to do is compare handwriting. A hand writing analysis would be the end of that TA and justified expulsion if this is a university class. Although, it's a slight ydi since OP didn't bother to check their grade throughout the semester. This OR everyone is misinterpreting this when the TA isn't actually a TA and OP just got duped real hard.
Bring it up with your school's honor council. The TA deserves to be expelled.
Yeah, this. I think bringing it to the teacher first could be risky as you don't know what's happening. I would at least start things with the dean or honor council or whatever your school has OP. That's seriously fucked up. Hopefully your handwriting and notes prove it's yours. Bring all your rough drafts of your papers with you to back up your claim.
This is the biggest thing that is confusing. I have yet to know of any science class that doesn't want you to use pen. Especially for things in regards to a lab notebook, tests, notes. I guess OP's professor wasn't really finicky with which writing utensil to use. This really does need a follow-up to make it a bit more believable. The biggest thing that makes this unbelievable is that the TA is taking the class as well. That makes zero sense. Another thing that doesn't make sense is that OP didn't catch this a lot earlier on in the semester. Either OP is really bad at keeping up with their grades, or again this possibly is fake. It wasn't a bad read though. Gave me a good chuckle.
Depends on the teachers preferences. The majority of mine like to get the assignments in electronic form on a USB key, so a TA could easily just open it and modify the paper. Plus, if you're unlucky, you might end up with a teacher who just uploads all the grades at the end of the semester. I'll agree it's possible it's all made up, but it could just be that the TA took credit for more major assignments that were graded later in the semester, leaving OP unawares of what was going on.
That's survival of the fittest. She has a mutation (cheating) that gives her an advantage in securing scarce resources (good grades). The way to really learn the theory of evolution is to live it!