Testing Policies and Procedures

Do Ethics and Honesty Count For Anything?

It is common knowledge that cheating in any major university is grounds for immediate dismissal. Anyone caught cheating in medical school can kiss their career goodbye.

It's bad enough that the classes in chiropractic school are a joke and that the faculty is sub-par, but what you're about to discover is that it is common practice for students to cheat their way through. Again, this is not my opinion, it's what many, many chiropractors are reporting:

I, for one, did (cheat) on occasion. It was more normal to cheat than not to. The teachers completely turned a blind eye to it. [9]
The class ahead of me had a paper to do and over half the class wrote the EXACT same paper… They were obviously caught… Their punishment... do the paper over. Cheating in almost any other school is grounds for suspension… Nope, they just had to do the paper over again. The class name that they all cheated on? Ethics. [9]
At Cleveland, ALL pathology classes were equipped with old exams, which had about 75% of the current test's questions. A person could only study these old exams and pass. I complained to the Dean but this fell on deaf ears. After which, I once again played the chiropractic game and looked at the old tests... [9]
How can cheating be unethical in an unethical field? Don't two wrongs make a right?

Seriously, there is no such thing as a valid contract for an illegal act (i.e. fraud). If chiropractic schools are using false advertising and teaching propaganda then there is no such thing as cheating in that context. [9]
I now remember the pathology teacher saying that if everyone didn't start showing up to class and on time, he would make up an entirely NEW test! This scared everyone. From the beginning, I noticed how chiropractic punishes and prosecutes learning and excellence. [9]
Going to school in [Palmer School of Chiropractic], there is only (one) way to get past Gilbert Schmiedel's class, and that is to use his old tests to study from. The way he words a question, you actually had to learn how to speak Schmied from the old tests in order to understand what the hell he's asking. I remember one time he got severely pissed off at a few people talking during lecture, so he makes the announcement that "No amount of old tests will help you on the next test." Little did he know that my little circle of bandits had copies of tests that went 26 years back. We were golden. [9]
That reminds me of the time when I took the final in x-ray physics. There was a question that was poorly worded and I answered it the way I thought the teacher asked it. Of course, I got it wrong and it caused me to get a "B" instead of an "A" in the class. I went to and discussed this with the instructor after the test was graded and returned. I showed him how the question actually had two correct answers depending on how the question was interpreted. He agreed with my answer but refused to change my grade. Most of the others in the class got this question correct he argued. They got it correct because they had studied his old tests and this question and answer was on them. [9]
It is funny how many instructors expected you to cheat in some way or another. I had a buddy… he cheated like there was no tomorrow and he made no secret about it. One of the instructors joked about it with us later, saying that he never passed his classes, he merely "successfully navigated through them." [9]
Regarding your discussion on fraudulent billing and insurance scams. It is worth pointing out that there is probably a correlation between the way Chiropractors are educated, and their willingness to rationalize committing crimes for the sake of getting ahead. [13]
Cooking the books, inventing clinical findings, taking shortcuts of every available kind were common things that I witnessed while in Chiropractic College. [13]
Chiropractors take shortcuts to reach their goal, their bottom line. One of the statements made by CCE regarding Life's revocation of accreditation was a failure to provide an environment suitable to creating a proper academic environment. I think the failure may go further in instilling in many the ability to lower their moral judgement to the point where it becomes easier to rationalize committing fraud when they enter practice. [13]
I finally graduated, took the state board exam, and received a Pennsylvania license in January 1995. Someone had cheated on the oral portion of the exam and distributed several of the questions to others waiting to take the test. Nevertheless, under intense pressure, the board decided to issue licenses. [5]

Well, so far we've seen that chiropractic schools aren't known for their impressive scholastic achievements … and they certainly can't claim to have very high caliber classroom instruction … and I don't think cheating on exams has anything to do with academic excellence… so where is this medical school quality education coming from that chiropractors are always bragging about?

Perhaps it was the hours of hands-on experience they obtained treating real patients during the clinical portion of chiropractic school? You know, I bet that's it. I bet that's where we'll find the real learning takes place.

Let's just check with some more former chiropractors and see if that's the answer.

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