WARNING:LONG POST Yesterday while taking my biology final, the girl next to me was madly erasing what she had written on her test. I looked over at her paper (I know I shouldnt have, wasnt thinking). I didnt take any of her answers or copy her, I was just distracted. So the teacher hands me this note when I turn in my test that says: "You may receive an F in this course due to cheating" When I got home I emailed her this: Dear XXXXXX I was by no means cheating on my biology final, and I am extremely sorry that you got that impression. I felt that this was the easiest test of the semester and did not need any outside help from others I have always been an A student and have never cheated to get there. You can speak with XXXX in the math dept to verify that. I was his only student to score 100% on a written state final. All of my previous teachers have loved me and can vouch for the type of student that I am. I understand the importance of honesty and the severity of cheating. If you would like, and I would appreciate, you can compare our tests, as I am sure they can't be the same. A failure in this class will not only affect my GPA, but could cause me to lose my financial aid and prevent me from being accepted in to XXXXX school. Thanks you for your time and I am sorry for this inconvenience. XXXXX to which she replied: Gathering information from a neighbors test paper constitutes cheating, regardless of how you decide to use the information. It is imperative that you keep your eyes on your own paper during an exam. As noted in the syllabus, cheating of any kind will result in an F for the semester (no withdrawal permitted). So heres a little backround on me- I have over 30 some credits and am an A-B student. I have never cheated and dont need to. I was actually getting a C in this class and was going to have to retake it regardless of getting a C or an F as my school of choice doesnt accept anything less than a B in math's and science's. So she failed me for something that I DID NOT DO. If she puts on my record that I was cheating, then my college career is pretty much over, as no university will take me. But the fact that she gave me an F hurts my GPA and doesnt look good on my transcripts either. I have to be notified before they can put cheating on my transcripts, which I havnt been yet. So I'm not sure if she went that far. I want to fight the F, but I dont want it to backfire on me and have anything put in my file if she isnt going to take it that far. I did look at her paper, but not with the intention of cheating. My question is this-has anybody ever been through this before and what happened? Do I get to bring character witnesses in if I have to go up against the board? And also-I have many other science classes to take and dont want to turn the dept against me. Any ideas guys?