So I am about to go to bed, but first, a question.
TL;DR, At this school event, I blew off this kid from my class who I think was trying to hang out with me, to hang out with the prof of said class and their spouse, who happens to be my adviser, instead. Is this like the most…
I think in academia it’s incredibly important to maintain relationships like that with professors. I don’t think there’s anything unethical about it since it’s pretty much network building and a lot of college and future jobs rely on things like letters of recommendation. Plus, besides all that shallow network crap I’m babbling about, you seem to really enjoy those friendships and that’s way too cool.
It is a little unnerving that people are assuming they can get extra info from you though, I’m sorry you’re in that position! That’s so ridiculous. The fact that they put you on the spot, even if you don’t know the info, makes my blood boil a little. The students in the class I’m TAing for seem to be terrified to try that crap with me since they seem aware it’ll get back to the professor.
So my best (and kinda dorky) idea would be to somehow remind them that you do have a close relationship with that professor and IT’S NOT EXACTLY AN EXAGGERATION that the prof might hear about their attempts to cheat.
One of our school’s major selling points seems to be the small classes and the chance to build real relationships with professors, so get your tuitions worth!
Edit: I just saw the original post had an answer option at the bottom, so let me know if you want me to delete this!