The 1L class at my school had a midterm exam recently which covered primarily the structure of the state and federal court system and legal research. Both 1L day sections and the 1L evening section took the same exam. The Scan Trons haven't even been fed through their machines and drama is already afoot.
The administration received "word" that some of the 1L day students were "overheard" discussing the content of the exam with some of the evening students. My school's handbook has clear procedures laid out for instances of cheating. According to the handbook, all allegations of cheating will be investigated fully and those found in violation of the school's "honor code" will be punished accordingly. However, my school's deans, in their infinite wisdom, have decided not to follow their own policy. Instead of trying to discern who was cheating and confronting those people, they instead are THROWING OUT the midterm (which many of us spent long, long hours preparing for) and is going to give us a legal writing final instead.
Needless to say, those of us who didn't cheat and feel as though we did well on the exam are highly pissed. The whole 1L class in going into meltdown mode, myself included. Why the f*$% should I and the entire rest of the class be punished because of unsubstantiated allegations?
Many people are talking about mounting a massive protest, writing letters, etc. Does anyone have a similar experience to share? Is there really any point in fighting the administration on this?