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Academic Misconduct – What Students Think and a Few Case Studies

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Ethical Behavior in Academia and Beyond

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Engineering Ethics

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24.128.1 - 24.128.21

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Adeel Khalid Southern Polytechnic State University (ENG)

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Adeel Khalid, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Systems Engineering
Office: 678-915-7241
Fax: 678-915-5527

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Beth Stutzmann RLC- Research Learning Community, Southern Polytechnic State University

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Dr. Beth Stutzmann, is the Director of Bands at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta,Georgia where she received the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2011. She is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory of Music (BMEd); earned a master's degree from Oklahoma City University in Horn performance and in 2010 was awarded her Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education degree from Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA.

Holding dual music educator certifications (PreK-12) in two states, Dr. Stutzmann is a member of the Research Learning Community (RLC) at her University and is actively involved in presenting and publishing multidisciplinary research studies.

In 2012, Dr. Stutzmann received the Georgia Governor's Teaching Fellowship award. In 2012, she also earned a mini-grant to research information on non-traditional students. In 2013, Dr. Stutzmann earned mini-grants to complete research on Flipped Classroom Pedagogy and another grant to research and co-author a paper regarding student engagement and critical thinking.
Dr. Stutzmann has presented locally and nationally at many conferences. She is also the lead adviser for the National Society of Leadership and Success at SPSU.

While attending The Boston Conservatory of Music, Beth Stutzmann studied horn with Jonathan Menkis, assistant principal hornist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In high school, she studied horn with Robert Ferrante, Brian Morrill, and James Mosher, also a hornist with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. In graduate school, Beth studied horn under Martha McQuaid, a former student of Daniel Katzen, second hornist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her conducting studies were with Attilio Poto; Dr. Matthew Mailman; Dr. Scott Nelson. “Taking weekly lessons at Symphony Hall in Boston, where the greatest of musicians throughout time have stood, was awe-inspiring and magical.”

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Margaret Loraine Lowder Southern Polytechnic State University

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Mir M. Atiqullah Kennesaw State University

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Rajnish Singh Southern Polytechnic State University


Craig A. Chin Southern Polytechnic State University

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Craig A. Chin received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Florida International University in 2006. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the electrical and computer engineering technology at Southern Polytechnic State University. His research interests include biomedical signal processing, pattern recognition, and active learning techniques applied to engineering education.

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Academic Misconduct – What Students Think and a few Case StudiesAbstractThe purpose of this research is to explore, investigate and compile the anecdotal accounts ofacademic misconduct conducted by students in classes in higher education across disciplines.This research is a result of the combined efforts of faculty members representing the disciplinesof humanities, arts, social sciences, business, languages, music and various engineering fields.The goal is to bring to light the various methods and strategies that students use to cheat duringexams, quizzes, term papers etc. As a collaborative effort, the authors also investigate techniquesfaculty can use to prevent academic misconduct in both face-to-face and virtual classrooms.Student viewpoints are also presented as part of this study. Student responses are collectedthrough an anonymous survey. Students get a chance to reveal what motivates them to cheat inexams, quizzes and other assessments. They also indicate some of the techniques their peers usein supervised (e.g. tests, quizzes, exams etc.) and un-supervised (e.g. homework, projects, labreports, online environment etc.) assessments. The survey also reveals whether students are morelikely to cheat in the major required courses or non-major elective courses etc. Some of thetechniques that deter students from cheating are also discussed.In the preliminary results, it is observed that students are more likely to cheat in high valueassignments. Majority of the students indicate that the perception of the ethical values of theinstructor does not determine the level of prevalence of cheating in a class. Most of the studentsindicate that high moral and ethical standards, close monitoring of testing environments andseverity of the consequences deters them from cheating. A high percentage of the students tendto cheat in non-major required classes.

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