As we found out last week, former math professor Christine Marx resigned after she was caught taking tests for football students. Since then, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has sanctioned the Weber State University football team, enforcing penalty fees and revoking scholarships.
This discovery has created a discussion on campus. The news has people buzzing, and many students are quite upset by this. A deceit like this is not something we would expect to happen at our innocent, nationally accredited university. It’s a rare and shocking occurrence. But because it involved students on our campus, it makes us wonder what else is going on around campus.
Freshman Josiah Johnson was surprised when he read about it and saw it on the news.
“I don’t understand how an educator with so much experience could convince herself that cheating for multiple players was a good idea,” Johnson said. “It’s things like this that give student-athletes a bad rap.”
On the other hand, other students were not surprised by this at all. Senior Eli Burningham has taken a class from Marx before, and admits that she was pretty lax when it came to the rules.
“She didn’t give any special treatment to anyone,” Burningham said, “but let everyone get away with a lot.” He believes that taking tests for the student-athletes was simply the next step to take after everything she has already let students get away with.
Despite all the negativity that has come out of this situation, students can feel reassured by the honorable actions taken by other professors around campus. An adjunct professor initially discovered flaws in one student-athlete’s work. The student had finished a final exam, along with a total of six quizzes, within one hour. When the professor discovered this anomaly, it was reported right away.
This act reassures us that we can still trust our faculty. Even though one professor let us down, we can count on other professors to uphold their academic duty of honesty. Many professors stepped up and spent nine days reviewing the math scores. They reported the results to President Wight, who reported them to the NCAA.
“It was right to turn ourselves in, because it’s not fair to other students,” said sophomore Haley Lythgoe, a health promotion major. “If they weren’t reported, how many other people would have gotten away with it?”
These trustworthy faculty members did the honorable thing by turning in their own university. If the adjunct professor had not discovered the flaws in the original student-athlete’s work, they might still be getting away with it today.
Let’s face it, math is difficult for a lot of students. We fall behind, especially in courses that we can set our own deadlines, but we all had to take math. And we get through it; no matter how much we struggle, we have to put in the effort.
To give some students special treatment, while the rest of us work hard all semester just to get a “C” in the class can be discouraging.
“It would have saved me a lot of hours if my teacher took my quizzes and tests for me,” said junior Skyler Reynolds, who has already passed Math 1010. “Everyone on campus should be treated equally. It shouldn’t matter if you’re on a team or not.”