I have been a test proctor for about ten years, but last week I was let go.
The situation still has me upset, and I am not sure what to do.
I was giving a test as I usually do, passed out all of the test materials and was giving instructions to the students. Everything was fine for the first few minutes. Then a student came up to me and explained that he was really hot, and he needed me to turn the AC up. I went over to find the thermostat, but realized it wasn’t in the room. I felt pretty uncomfortable myself, and thought if I was taking the test I would be pretty distracted by the temperature too. I got up and walked out of the room to locate the thermostat, but still couldn’t find one. I realized that the rooms were being cooled by ductless AC units that had the thermostat right on them. I went back into the room to turn the AC unit up a little, and was horrified by what I saw. There were multiple students with phones out talking to each other. I immediately gave the students instructions to get back to work, and notified them that the AC unit would be starting up very soon. I got a call a week later from the testing center and they informed me that they could tell my students had cheated. I explained to them what happened with the HVAC system but they didn’t care. They fired me on the spot. I never saw myself getting let go because of an air conditioner! I will never look at heating and cooling system the same way.