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Santa Monica College (SMC) is a community college, so typically classes aren’t expected to be too rigorous. There are some fairly easy classes you can fit into your schedule that will be beneficial for you in the long run (GPA boosters!) and help you juggle difficult classes. Here are the top 10 easiest classes at SMC:

1. Global Studies 10: Global Issues

This course introduces students to the major global issues of today. Students will review international issues such as conflict, war, politics, economics, and even food and culture. The course takes on a holistic approach by bringing in different course perspectives (e.g environment, anthropology, political science, and psychology).

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2. COM St 11: Elements of Public Speaking

For those hoping to gain communication and good speaking skills, this is the class for you. This is an introductory course that offers students the skills to prepare for speeches, while providing techniques for building self-confidence and controlling tension levels.

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3. NUTR 7: Food and Culture in America

This interesting course takes students into the historical and contemporary development of ethnic food in America. The course examines some topics such as food behavior, preference, and preparation from groups such as Native Americans, African Americans, Latin Americans, and European Americans. For those who love food and its origins, this class is for you.

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4. PSYCH 13: Social Psychology

This course goes into the understanding of human thought and behavior based on the social context and situation of a person’s surroundings. The course will examine topics such as prejudice, conformity, aggression, gender roles, and social cognition.

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5. Dance 2: Dance in American Culture

This examines the wide range of dance in American culture such as from Native Americans, Chicano/Latin American, and African American dance. This takes dance from the cultural and technical perspective.

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6. KIN PE 2: Achieving Lifetime Fitness

This allows students to develop their own fitness programs based on their current physical status while learning the benefits of physical activity. Students participate in fitness labs and lectures.

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7. RRM 2: Culture and Zero Waste

This course examines the culture of consumerism and the throw away culture. Students will examine the issues of plastic in the environment, carbon footprint and our current mindset. Students will also learn how to combat the current issue through education, government, and programs.

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8. ENGL 30A: Beginning Creative Writing

This is a simple course that introduces students into the world of creative writing. Students will practice writing short poetry and story writing and the technique and craft that goes into writing.

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9. GEOL 3: Introduction to Environmental Geology

The course examines different geological hazards: its causes and consequences. It will cover their formation and utilization in specific regions and the problem with their use. (e.g. volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis).

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10. ANTHRO 19: The Culture of Food

This course will examine how different cultures consume, produce and form food. The course describes the impact of food in mass production while focusing on the cultural, social, ecological aspects regarding food globally. This is another class for all you food lovers, but on a global scale.

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While it is always good to take challenging courses in order to maximize your experience at school, never forget the even the easiest courses can nourish your mind.  Whether you are into business, science, or the humanities, take a few of these classes and you are sure not to regret it.



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            Sage
            Bennet

            Professor in the Philosophy department

            at Santa Monica College , Santa Monica, CA

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            Level of Difficulty

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            01/15/2018

            awesome

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            PHIL23
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: N/A

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: Yes
            Grade Received: A+

            PARTICIPATION MATTERS

            CARING

            I honestly loved this class! The test and quizzes were not difficult and her discussions are easy to follow. Doesn’t take up much of your time yet you still learn a lot through the assignments she gives. Just make sure you give some thought to your assignments and don’t bs it or she’ll know. She is also very nice and understanding. Def recommend.


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            12/22/2017

            awesome

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            2.0
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            PHIL23
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: Mandatory

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: Yes
            Grade Received: A+

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            TEST HEAVY

            I took the class online. Every week there are 2 discussions and one 15 question test. I would spend about an hour each week doing everything for the class. Definitely an easy A. You only need 1 book, her book "Wisdom walk" which is like $10. Very easy A!!


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            12/16/2017

            good

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            PHIL23
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: N/A

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: No
            Grade Received: A+

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            CLEAR GRADING CRITERIA

            PARTICIPATION MATTERS

            This online class is pretty easy. She is a lenient grader and the weekly assignments can be completed in 15-20 mins. There are about 4 other assignments throughout the course that are ea. 700 wrds max. Some of the material can be dry, but not lengthy. The class discussions were interesting but most students were conservatives.


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            12/13/2017

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            PHILO23
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: Not Mandatory

            Textbook Used: No
            Would Take Again: Yes
            Grade Received: A+

            CLEAR GRADING CRITERIA

            GRADED BY FEW THINGS

            Professor Bennet is amazing and has an amazing class. She is easy to work with. All you have to do is do two discussion assignments a week and one easy quiz. I took Philo 23 online in the Fall and I would take her again. There are about 4 or 5 bigger assignments throughout the course but they are very doable. The final is easy too.


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            11/01/2017

            awesome

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            PHILOS23
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: Not Mandatory

            Textbook Used: No
            Would Take Again: Yes
            Grade Received: A+

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            CLEAR GRADING CRITERIA

            INSPIRATIONAL

            Best class ever. Its an easy A. I did not need the textbook at all, just her own book called Wisdom Walk. Prof Bennet is considerate, easy to understand and I learned a lot in her class without feeling overstressed. Only had 2 assignments a week and had to take a quiz online. Would highly recommend Philos 23 with her


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            07/31/2017

            awesome

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            PHIL01
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: Mandatory

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: Yes
            Grade Received: A

            RESPECTED

            CLEAR GRADING CRITERIA

            GET READY TO READ

            When someone says the car name Bugatti, one quickly puts 2 and 2 together it’s a beautiful, fast, gorgeous, AMAZING, AWESOME, and luxurious car. The same goes for Dr. Sage Bennet! She is an caring, just and fair teacher! I would take this philosophy class over again due to the lessons I learned from all the big religions/ideas out there.


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            06/21/2017

            awesome

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            PHILO23
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: N/A

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: Yes
            Grade Received: A

            INSPIRATIONAL

            CLEAR GRADING CRITERIA

            CARING

            Bets online teacher I have had! She is super straight forward with how she wants things, pretty easy class as long as you are open-minded to others opinion. The homework load was very decent and you had a week to finish up homework assignments. HIGHLY RECCOMEND IF YOU HAVE A BUSY SCHEDULE!


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            06/06/2017

            awful

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            PHIL23
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: Not Mandatory

            Textbook Used: No
            Would Take Again: No
            Grade Received: N/A

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            HILARIOUS

            GRADED BY FEW THINGS

            I would not ever recommend this hilarious instructor to anyone. I really hate the way she teaches and am not so sure that she does know her stuffs. All tests will be done through online and you do not really need a textbook. Getting A is kind of gambling. You will know what I mean if you take this class. I am so regret that I got this class


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            05/04/2017

            awesome

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            PHIL01
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: N/A

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: Yes
            Grade Received: A+

            INSPIRATIONAL

            i took her online class at elac. easiest A ever. it won’t take up that much of your time. read her book, and notes and you will be more than fine. Again super easy class.


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            12/12/2016

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            PHILO23
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: N/A

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: Yes
            Grade Received: B

            One of the best teachers I’ve had for an online class. She is VERY clear on what she wants. 2 assignments a week plus a test. Occasionally there will be an extra assignment here and there, but it’s constant. Assignments are very easy, typically a paragraph for each assignment. Beware though, it’s easy to fall behind with online classes and miss hw.


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            05/19/2016

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            PHIL23
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: Mandatory

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: N/A
            Grade Received: A+

            Take her Philosophy 23 class. Had a great time while filling a GE.


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            05/14/2016

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            PHIL7
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: Mandatory

            Textbook Used: No
            Would Take Again: N/A
            Grade Received: B

            SKIP CLASS? YOU WON’T PASS.

            PARTICIPATION MATTERS

            she is a calm person. not biased, very interesting lectures, tests are online as well as hw. I never purchased the book and got a B. She is delightful. She doesn’t make philosophy hard because she knows everything in life should flow. Every student complaining should really not complain because she teaches you the material regardless.


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            01/28/2016

            good

            3.5
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            3.0
            Level of Difficulty

            PHIL23
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: Mandatory

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: N/A
            Grade Received: A

            PARTICIPATION MATTERS

            GET READY TO READ

            LOTS OF HOMEWORK

            She makes you get a textbook and her own book which she wrote. Its more on the history of religions than anything else. Almost all hw is turned in online and all her tests are online so that’s the easy part. She requires you to go out and visit museums or temples for projects. Lectures are basically a huge group discussion, participation is a must.


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            01/11/2016

            awesome

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            PHIL1
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: Mandatory

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: Yes
            Grade Received: A

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            PARTICIPATION MATTERS

            “Knowledge & Reality” but more like intro to Religious Studies & Philosophy. 1 cheap book by instructor, 1 expensive book. Class is EASY if you keep an open mind and keep up with reading. Insane 6-week session 3 weekly discussions (6 posts/week), 1 field trip of own choice, 1 movie/arts review of own choice, 1 current event, weekly short quizzes.


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            12/23/2015

            awesome

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            PHIL233150
            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: Mandatory

            Textbook Used: No
            Would Take Again: Yes
            Grade Received: A

            RESPECTED

            SKIP CLASS? YOU WON’T PASS.

            This class is super easy, everything is done online. Lots of super easy online tests, multiple assignments, and a group project (make sure you get in a good group). Her book is interesting, but the course is pretty much based on it, be prepared. DONT MISS CLASS! (she will take points off, and make sure everything is turned in ON TIME!!


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            08/02/2014

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            PHILO23
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            Attendance: N/A

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: N/A
            Grade Received: N/A

            the class is easy and all the tests are online


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            07/31/2013

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            For Credit: Yes
            Attendance: N/A

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: N/A
            Grade Received: N/A

            horrible teacher. makes you read her books to boost her own sales and get money. do not take. easy class if you like to waste time.


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            07/18/2013

            awesome

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            PHILOSOPHY23
            For Credit: N/A
            Attendance: N/A

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: N/A
            Grade Received: N/A

            Very easy andand extremely interesting class. Tests are online and open book which is great because that nakes it easy to get an A. The class stimulates the most interesting discussions.


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            12/14/2012

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            PHIL7
            For Credit: N/A
            Attendance: N/A

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: N/A
            Grade Received: N/A

            Love her. Philosophy is her life and it shows. She really cares about her students’ success and is also very prompt at replying. Her questions and assignments are very thought provoking and interesting. Definitely take her.


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            06/01/2012

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            PHILO23
            For Credit: N/A
            Attendance: N/A

            Textbook Used: Yes
            Would Take Again: N/A
            Grade Received: N/A

            She’s very peaceful and sweet. She’s also respect to student’s idea and thoughts. You will never go wrong with this class as long as you follow her direction. I learned a lot after this class, and class is very easy and joyful. I will miss alot this class because she’s really nice woman.


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              Academic Success For Sale



              HOW SCALPERS AND IMPERSONATORS PROFIT FROM ACADEMIC FRAUD


              While most students are struggling to enroll in classes and earn their A’s, some students at Santa Monica College have managed to purchase their guaranteed success, gift-wrapped in packages for thousands of dollars. For a price, these students can pay to enroll in “easy-A” courses and even skip school — paid impersonators could take their courses for them.

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              “My first semester here, a student in an English 1 class invited me into this group,” says XingChi Wu, an SMC student. According to Wu, who has not been found involved in these unethical activities, some students use a social messaging app called WeChat to provide information about housing, furniture, and resources that help their transition into a foreign country. Yet its primary function is more adverse — it serves as a network for buyers and sellers to exchange services of selling popular course seats and impersonating for other students.

              The “impersonation” services consists of customers paying a premium to have students, even alumni, take courses for them. Most of these services are offered for online courses for UCLA Extension, Brigham Young University, and Santa Monica College, yet bolder sellers have even advertised to impersonate students for classes on campus. Some, as depicted in the pictures online, even provide money-back guarantees. Other interactions include the buyer saying ,”I will transfer money to you in a moment.” The seller, using the username “Big Mouthed Monkey”, openly says in his advertisements, “I will take lesson for you in English 2. Got an A… if you need me to take a class for you, look for me.”

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               Big Mouth Monkey: All A's?  Big Mouth Monkey: Yes.  Yes, good, thank you.   Big Mouth Taking Class for you This subjects are all As - Eng2, econ, art history, accounting

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              Big Mouth Monkey: Yes. 
              Yes, good, thank you.  
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              This subjects are all As – Eng2, econ, art history, accounting

               Big Mouth Monkey (Daizuihon) will take lesson for you Gustin English 2 got an A, it's really not easy. I guess I was only one who got A in the whole class. And if you need me to take class for you, look for me

              Big Mouth Monkey (Daizuihon) will take lesson for you Gustin English 2 got an A, it’s really not easy. I guess I was only one who got A in the whole class. And if you need me to take class for you, look for me

               The grades came out I will transfer money to you in a moment It's A, right? Take a picture of the grade and send it to me so I can advertise it. Just in english 2, hah!  Right I will give it to you momentarily Good. Gustin English 2 got an A, it's really hard I guess I'm the only one who got A in the class. If you want me to take your class, look for me.

              The grades came out
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              It’s A, right?
              Take a picture of the grade and send it to me so I can advertise it. Just in english 2, hah! 
              Right
              I will give it to you momentarily
              Good.

              Gustin English 2 got an A, it’s really hard I guess I’m the only one who got A in the class. If you want me to take your class, look for me.

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               You may give that article to me next week --- It has extra credit --- You may give it to me --- Did you mean the one that you gave me before or the one you gave me later --- The new one (later) --- So you better give both to me on Monday --- the one you wrote last time was really good! ---Good writings (my article) will be well received. If you want to write essay, look for me.

              You may give that article to me next week — It has extra credit — You may give it to me — Did you mean the one that you gave me before or the one you gave me later — The new one (later) — So you better give both to me on Monday — the one you wrote last time was really good! —Good writings (my article) will be well received. If you want to write essay, look for me.

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               So you also got A from English 2? Congratulations! ha ha ha Next time, continue to look for us (excellent)  Good/Ok All these subjects are As: english 2, econ, art history, accounting

              So you also got A from English 2? Congratulations! ha ha ha
              Next time, continue to look for us (excellent) 
              Good/Ok
              All these subjects are As: english 2, econ, art history, accounting

               Loud Mouthed Monkey taking classes for you --- I took Math 7 for others, 6 tests for two people are all As. If you need me to take test for 7 and 8 and 54, you may look for me. I guarantee you A!

              Loud Mouthed Monkey taking classes for you — I took Math 7 for others, 6 tests for two people are all As. If you need me to take test for 7 and 8 and 54, you may look for me. I guarantee you A!

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               Big Mouth Monkey: All A's?  Big Mouth Monkey: Yes.  Yes, good, thank you.   Big Mouth Taking Class for you This subjects are all As - Eng2, econ, art history, accounting

               Big Mouth Monkey (Daizuihon) will take lesson for you Gustin English 2 got an A, it's really not easy. I guess I was only one who got A in the whole class. And if you need me to take class for you, look for me

               The grades came out I will transfer money to you in a moment It's A, right? Take a picture of the grade and send it to me so I can advertise it. Just in english 2, hah!  Right I will give it to you momentarily Good. Gustin English 2 got an A, it's really hard I guess I'm the only one who got A in the class. If you want me to take your class, look for me.

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               You may give that article to me next week --- It has extra credit --- You may give it to me --- Did you mean the one that you gave me before or the one you gave me later --- The new one (later) --- So you better give both to me on Monday --- the one you wrote last time was really good! ---Good writings (my article) will be well received. If you want to write essay, look for me.

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               So you also got A from English 2? Congratulations! ha ha ha Next time, continue to look for us (excellent)  Good/Ok All these subjects are As: english 2, econ, art history, accounting

               Loud Mouthed Monkey taking classes for you --- I took Math 7 for others, 6 tests for two people are all As. If you need me to take test for 7 and 8 and 54, you may look for me. I guarantee you A!

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              SMC finds these impersonation services to be a more serious and long-standing issue than scalping. Deyna Hearn, the Dean of Student Life at Santa Monica College, recalls a time when the issue was more prominent, saying, “several years ago, the former president of the college [Chui L. Tsang] had us put together a task force to look at impersonation particularly.” The impersonation is the same activity as impersonation, where students can pay to have others take the classes for them. Hearn continues, adding, “we brainstormed on some things and… got a recommendation from the committee for a minimum of two-years suspension for some forms of impersonation.” She immediately stressed that not every person who impersonates for another gets suspended, as it depends on the scale and type of impersonation. After these meetings with the committee, Dean Hearn’s office continued to increase the years of suspension, which she claims caused these impersonations to decline. She admits, “It’s not to say that students were no longer doing this, but word was getting out that these will be the consequences if you got caught.”

              But the scalping, or selling, of popular courses is a more recent development that has been more difficult to discover. Student rings have scalped these courses in a systematic fashion, which include the easier General Education Courses that fill up much more quickly than the difficult ones. By collaborating, the ring’s associates take advantage of their priority enrollment date to enroll in these courses. They then publicly advertise these course seats for sale through messenger apps and websites. Using social media to connect to buyers, these sellers finally scalp the courses for a handsome profit. One seller has even advertised to sell up to 71 courses for the upcoming 2017 Fall Semester.

              “They hold classes for each other. Sometimes, they sell it. Some classes cost even $500, depending on how many units and the easiness of the class,” said an anonymous source to The Corsair, who wished to remain anonymous due to fear of his safety. “Let’s say you have an easy econ class, so I just say to my friend, ‘Hey, I’m looking for a specific professor, I’m looking for it, and you want to sell it. The friend just writes it in the 500 people group, and somebody responds quickly, and boom — you get a connection… at the point, it’s just bargaining, $300, $500, whatever… it’s like a whole industry.”

               Graph by Brian Vu

              Graph by Brian Vu

               Graph by Brian Vu

              Graph by Brian Vu

              The demand for such classes are largely motivated by their difficulty. With student enrollment down nine percent since 2009, sellers have started to target the “easier” classes. SMC’s English Department Chair Jason Beardsley said, “I’ll single out the top ten people or seven people that give unusually high numbers of A’s. Those are always the people whose classes are full early on.” Such discrepancies between grade distributions of classes targeted by scalpers and not targeted by scalpers is shown in the infographic. These graphs show that the grade distributions for the classes up for sale are higher than the ones that are not. “It’s pretty obvious to me that students are fully aware [of the nature of those courses] and very much lining up to take those courses.” This is not the first time students have exploited this discrepancy.

              Hearn spoke of a previous incident that took place at SMC two years prior. Reports of students scalping reached Hearn’s office, which prompted an investigation. They discovered that students networked using social media, by advertising the class seats they held. After their investigation, the school began using evidence on the ring of students found selling class spots and old test questions.

              When Hearn summoned the accused students to her office, they named others also involved. While some students under investigation were current SMC students, many have already transferred. “Some of these students who had transferred on were holding onto their enrollment dates, holding onto classes, and publishing it on social media,” said Hearn. “There was one particular person who had transferred. We found out who that person was, and made the judicial decisions that we had to make with that person.” This particular person, according to Hearn, was the ringleader. A meeting, which involved the college’s attorney, put a stop to the ringleader and his circle. Specifically in response to this incident, Hearn took these reports to the Academic Student Affair Committee during the 2015-2016 school year. Consequently, the committee added a new rule to the Code of Academic Conduct, rules that specifically establish what is considered academic misconduct. This rule, titled section V, prohibits “the sale, purchase, exchange, distribution or receipt of add codes, class seats, and academic work (Article 4410, V).” The new language and the ensuing investigations, resulted in the number of reports to decrease. “But students are smart,” said Hearn. “As soon as you plug up one hole, there’s another that pops up.” Current problems prove Hearn was right — and these have been more difficult to crack.

              The seller’s usernames are displayed on WeChat, but there is little SMC can do without specific identification. “Part of the problem is that people aren’t reporting,” said Hearn. Providers operate using code names, such as ‘Big Mouthed Monkey’. Hearn shared that, from time to time, she receives emails of students trying to expose these activities without sharing actual names. To Hearn, the search then becomes “like a drop in a bucket.”

              “It’s not fair to students who do it the right way,” said Hearn of the activity. “It’s not fair to students who are waiting in line to get their classes — it’s just not right.”

              Georgia Lorenz, SMC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, said regarding these activities, “It’s really disappointing and really frustrating not only because it’s really unethical behavior but it’s negatively impacting students who are playing by the rules… if you’re a student who’s really close to transfer and you have 10 units you need in the Spring and somebody else is there selling seats and you can’t get what you need — that’s horrible.”

              When asked about how he felt about these activities, Talha Adric, an international SMC student, said, “I think this whole thing is unfair because when other people are enrolling in these classes and holding it for a third person they’re holding my right perhaps. Maybe I had the second enrollment date and I was aiming to hold that class… I think it’s really unfair for people who have no idea what’s going on.”

              Hearn explained that her role is not to punish, but to educate. Referencing SMC’s Code of Academic Conduct, she lays out four possible levels of punishment for students engaged in these activities: a written reprimand, which warns the student not to continue these activities, disciplinary probation, which puts the student on notice that continuing their type of conduct will bring a harsher punishment, suspension and expulsion, both of which are able to be appealed. However, Hearn stressed that she takes a case-by-case approach when dealing out disciplinary action. Hearn explained, “Every case is very different. You may do the same thing this student does, but your cases are very different. So the consequences could either be the same, or they could be very different.”

              One of her office’s biggest challenges is informing these transgressing students what they are doing is wrong. Hearn said, “I think one of the biggest problems is that people who participate in this [activity] don’t really know the consequences. They don’t know until they get in here.”

              With 30 years of experience at SMC, Hearn believes these issues can best be solved through fellow students, saying that “when the students reprimand each other, the impact of it is so much greater.” But because community colleges only have students stay for two years, student initiatives fail to make lasting progress. “They try to get some ideas, they try to play out these ideas, and boom, they’re gone. You guys are here for a season, then you’re gone,” said Hearn. Yet this problem goes beyond her office, it affects the professors and student body as well.

              Many are perplexed on how these activities can be properly dealt with. Dr. Beardsley says, “where do we stand? Where is the criminality in stake in this impersonation? Because frankly I don’t understand how they [impersonation services] exist. How a service that says, ‘Yes, we will take a class on your behalf and get your grade.’”

              Yet criminal prosecution appears to remain unlikely. SMC Police Chief Johnnie Adams explains that if these activities break the school’s rules, they only require enough evidence to have more than 50% chance of being true. But when it comes to legal action, the case would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that these students broke the law, which is a much more difficult burden to prove. “These kinds of cases are very complicated… that the school has to go through multiple processes to prove [legally],” Adams says. “Because [for] criminal cases, remember, you’re going to take away somebody’s personal freedoms and then pull them into custody and take away their livelihood.”


              The Team Behind ‘Academic Success for Sale’

              Brian Vu – Videographer/Infographic Designer
              Zin Chiang – Videographer/Producer/EIC
              Daniel Bowyer – Producer
              Ryanne Mena – Managing Editor
              Marisa Vasquez – Photo Editor
              Diana Parra Garcia – Illustration Artist

              Edward Lee – Lead Writer
              Adrianna Buenviaje – Writer
              Daniel Lee – Researcher
              Oscar Carranza – Researcher
              Michelle Ayala – Reporter/Video Editor
              Christopher Floyd – Video Editor

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