Online Cheating Amid COVID-19

26 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2020 Last revised: 1 Oct 2020

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Eren Bilen

Dickinson College

Alexander Matros

Moore School of Business

Date Written: September 12, 2020


We present evidence of cheating that took place in online examinations during COVID-19 lockdowns and propose two solutions with and without a camera for the cheating problem based on the experience accumulated by online chess communities over the past two decades. The best implementable solution is a uniform online exam policy where a camera capturing each student’s computer screen and room is a requirement. We recommend avoiding grading on a curve and giving students less time but simpler questions on tests.

Keywords: education, cheating, online examinations, online chess

JEL Classification: A2, I20, K42

Suggested Citation

Bilen, Eren and Matros, Alexander, Online Cheating Amid COVID-19 (September 12, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Eren Bilen (Contact Author)

Dickinson College ( email )

28 N College St
Carlisle, PA 17013
United States

Alexander Matros

Moore School of Business ( email )

1014 Greene St
Columbia, SC 29208
United States

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