Academic Cheating Essay

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Cheating on Academic Work as an Acceptable Practice
The word “cheating” when introduced in a conversation brings forth the connotation of thief, laziness, incompetence, scared, untrustworthy just to name a few characteristics. However, take that same word, “cheating”, and apply it to education or business and the audience begin to stuttering, become confused, offer qualifiers and exclusions, delineations, classifications or absolute deny any such behavior. It is generally accepted that cheating occurs in high school and college, but is it viewed as an acceptable practice by students or a lack of understanding or miscommunication between students and educational institutions. According to data gathered by the Educational Portal, between 75%-98%
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Fabrication is the “intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.”
Plagiarism is the “deliberate adoption or reproduction of ideas or words or statements of another person as one’s own without acknowledgement.”
Facilitating academic dishonesty is “intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another” (to cheat). With a clear definition of what cheating is, it becomes much harder for the student to justify their
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There is another group of students who believe that cheating is unacceptable. This does not suggest that having the attitude that cheating is unacceptable necessarily means that the students do not cheat, but suggest that the student has a different moral compass According to the Josephson Institute, students with parents/guardians who view education as a source of knowledge and skills development verses grades only, viewed cheating as unacceptable. (Jarc, Richard) The Josephson Institute suggest students who find cheating as unacceptable probably place a high value on ethical behavior such as: (Jarc, Richard)
Trustworthiness
Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do
• Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country Respect
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and

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