One obvious reason is that cheating is unfair to honest students and causes tension between students. Honest students find it difficult to be in an academically dishonest environment. Professor Michael Bishop, a chairman of Iowa State University Department of Philosophy and Religion, mentioned in an article that, “a cheater receives through deception what honest students work for”. This can lead to a dishonest society because “if students perceive
However, teachers don’t understand why students don’t take plagiarism seriously. When students commit academic dishonesty, they risk having severe consequences that they could prevent. There nothing worse about academic dishonesty then when it’s intentional. In fact, most students who intentionally plagiarize have two reasons. These reasons are due to laziness or the fear of taking a zero.
This unmerited advantage can be a distraction to other students and possibly even affect their grades or potential careers. According to Dakota State University, “Widespread cheating causes honest students to become cynical and resentful. This is especially true when grades are curved and the cheating directly affects other students” (“Does”). Cheating also devalues educational achievements of not only fellow students, but also the academic institution itself. Dakota State University notes that “alumni, potential students, graduate schools, and employers learn to distrust degrees from schools where cheating is widespread” (Does”).
Cheating on exams is a violation of college standards; it is a misrepresentation of the student’s true capabilities. Cheating can be the worst form of deception, it is considered to be unethical, and it is the opposite of honesty. Forms of academic dishonesty may include copying from the test of someone within eyesight, crib sheets or swapping papers. Likewise because of technological advances, such as the I-phone some of these devices may be used to cheat as well. For instance an exam could be photographed and e-mailed to another student.
But what exactly is cheating? According to the article “Cheating” by D’Arcy Lyness, PhD, the definition of cheating is “when a person misleads, deceives, or acts dishonestly on purpose.” In other words, cheating in academics means students deceive the teachers. People believe under any circumstances, cheating in academic is an unacceptable act that needs to be avoided at all cost. Students that cheat will have to face many consequences. In contrast, cheating in academic can help a lot for students.
“If others do it, you're being left behind by not participating", "When most of the class is cheating on a difficult exam and they will ruin the curve, it influences you to cheat so your grade won't be affected” are just some of the comments of the study respondents taken by the journal of higher education (Buckland & McCabe, 2012 p. 533). So from this I may conclude that the perception of peers’ behavior is a major factor in academic dishonesty. Most students cheat because they see others doing it without being caught.
According to Rachel Ellaway, academic honesty comes from one’s standards and morals. In other words Ellaway is saying without high standards and trustworthiness students may be more prone to being okay with cheating and plagiarising. Students that pick up the habit of cheating may have a change in standards which could potentially lead to a decrease in their work ethic later in life as they look for the easy way out of things. Cheating does not only lead to a lack of morals for students. Cheating in school can lead to other consequences that could ultimately become a problem in school.
FERPA, which is a legal responsibility, also has an ethical part to it. Sharing a students graded work, without permission is unethical and against the law. In order to be an effective teacher, one must be ethically and legally responsible to get the most out of the students. A student’s grade on an assessment is part of their educational record and if that student does not want the grade released publicly, it is the teacher’s obligation to comply. Revealing educational records by one student to others is not the only unethical thing a teacher can do.
Cheating Cheating is defined as to "deceive by trickery" or "to act dishonestly, practicing fraud." (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 1993). A recent survey has shown an overwhelming majority of students have cheated. They, however, have justified their actions and do not believe that is a “big deal” (Cheating is a Personal Foul, 1999). The justifications behind cheating range from laziness to an unwillingness to put forth the effort to learn the expected material.
Is it okay to cheat in school? Even if you do not get caught, do you still feel good about it? Though cheating may help you receive good grades, it also affects how you view the world in many different ways. You can choose to either cheat through life, or to stay true to what you are able to contribute. According to At Issue from the SIRS data base, cheating can be a problem at many learning institutions.