If this is a public university, your teacher may ask the university administration to initiate charges against you for breach of academic integrity. Penalties if the charges are sustained can include expulsion and some very severe consequences for student financial aid obligations and eligibility to transfer to other schools or be admitted to grad school.
If you are charged, you will need to defend yourself through your school's administrative appeal process. Get a copy of the process so that you are prepared if charges are made. The process is spelled out in the Student Handbook, on-line, and from Dean of Students.
You have the right to legal counsel and advice and you should talk with a local attorney if you are facing formal discipline such as expulsion. The process is not a level playing field. The school brings the charges; the school presents the evidence against you; and the school adjudicates the charges. Take this situation very seriously -- the consequences of such charges, if upheld, are severe.
On these facts, this matter may be a credibility contest. But the similarities in the two sets of answers will be very significant. A lawyer can advise you as to the most effective factual defense.
Good luck to you.
Good luck to you.
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I totally agree with Ms. McCall.
Your specific question goes to the weight a fact-finding panel would give to the testimony of the various witnesses. However, even you point out a way for two students not sitting next to one another to have cheated.
I agree with Ms. McCall.
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