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Cheating among Undergraduate StudentsStudent dishonesty, a prevalent and perennial phenomenon, has been a challenging issue for allacademia. Research has shown that dishonesty in academic environment, cheating in particular,is a predictor of unethical behavior in subsequent professional settings. Students’ attitudestoward cheating and whether they would report instances of cheating they witnessed wereexamined in this study. A total of 218 students participated in the study. Findings suggest thatstudents perceived cheating behaviors involving exam-related situations to be serious, whereasplagiarism was rated as less serious. Cheating in the form of not contributing one’s fair share in agroup project was also perceived as a serious form of academic misconduct, although a majorityof the students admitted having engaged in such behavior. With regard to the prevalence ofacademic cheating, this finding suggests that students are morally ambivalent about academiccheating and are rather tolerant of dishonesty among their peers. On the issue of whethercheating behaviors should be reported, this study revealed that a majority of students chose totake the expedient measure of ignoring the problem rather than to blow the whistle on their peers.Implications of the findings are also discussed in this article.
Banik, G. (2011, June), Ethics: Why is it Important and How can we Teach it for Engineering and Construction Students? Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17924
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