Academic Dishonesty Essay

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Academic Dishonesty In today’s age, it seems like academic dishonesty is becoming a prominent structure in our educational system. No one can deny that it is detrimental to our education and to our moral values, but somehow, almost everyone has committed some form of cheating in their lives. Since cheating is so rampant in schools and colleges, it is apparent that something must be done to stop the degradation of higher institutions. When I read Professor Doom’s blog, “Save Higher Education: Toss the Cheaters,” I gained a new insight on how cheating affects colleges today. I agree with most of Professor Doom’s opinions and believe that higher education is predestined for failure unless the declaration, “This institution does not tolerate cheating,” is the fundamental key to accreditation for colleges. At first I didn’t agree with his belief that college administrators only care about retention rates and indirectly encourage cheating until I researched some statistics of academic dishonesty and discovered that regular American citizens are more concerned with academic dishonesty than college administrators are. A study conducted by the Ad Council and Educational Testing Service (ETS) found out that 41% of Americans consider academic cheating a serious problem while only 34% of college officials consider it serious. This study helped me realize that most schools only care about numbers nowadays; they don’t have time to deal with menial issues such as cheating, even though it should be considered a top priority (“8 Astonishing Stats”). I have mixed feelings about Professor Doom’s statement that there are no risks to cheating. I believe that there are great risks to cheating, yet it may not be as direct as getting expelled or suspen... ... middle of paper ... ...f a student of mine copied someone’s homework, I would automatically give them a zero on the assignment. If they did it again, I would suspend them or fail them for the class. If a student cheated on a final exam, I would give them a harsher form of penalty, such as failing the class or expulsion. I truly believe in second chances, but I would hope that the first time a student got caught cheating, they would be smart enough to not do it again. I also believe in the right of the student to explain their actions, and if they have proof that they didn’t cheat, I would overturn their penalties. Since academic dishonesty is so common in our colleges, proper steps need to be taken to ensure that cheaters will be caught and fair punishments are executed. Once cheaters learn their lesson and stop continuing their habits, the future quality of higher education can be saved.
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