Plagiarism : Cheating And Cheating

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Schools across America today are not doing enough when it comes to cheating; a broader term is academic dishonesty. The numbers are on the rise and there is little to no action being taken against cheating. According to The Merriam-Webster online dictionary the act of cheating can be defined as “taking something from (someone) by lying or breaking a rule” (1). Cheating comes in many forms such as plagiarism, fabrication, and, preventing other students from completing their work to their best ability. Plagiarism is the copying or stealing of a piece of work or project that is not done by the person taking the work. Fabrication is using false data, citations or information (“What Is” 3). This is basically lying to a reader. The writer is giving the reader false information that he or she will believe. Lying is wrong in general, but giving false information to a teacher is even worse. Cheating can also be preventing a student from completing his or her own work. Someone can do this by stealing worksheets from that student, disrupting them while they are working, and lying to the student about due dates and the details of an assignment. This form of academic dishonesty is not as frequent as plagiarism and fabrication, but a student can do what is stated in the last sentence to get a better grade then his or her classmates. Cheating is as simple as copying answers from a classmate’s homework to copying and pasting an essay from the internet. Today, teens are exposed to different forms of cheating committed by their favorite celebrities and athletes. Some music artists are sued for stealing another artist 's lyrics or song without permission, and some athletes use performance enhancing drugs to better their performance on the field. Stu... ... middle of paper ... ...termine his or her consequence. The school’s procedure for dealing with cheating states “...the student is required to meet with the Academic Integrity Committee after school at the committee 's next meeting to review the situation and to discuss appropriate behavioral and/or academic consequences (“Rules” 16). The handbook does not state what the possible punishments are for a student, but the general ones can be assumed like redoing the assignment, several detentions, and/or even suspension. Teachers in schools use websites that help to detect plagiarism, put space between students during a test or quiz, and have students put their binder, papers, and phone on the floor or away so they are not tempted to peak for an answer. Educators can find and learn of many different ways to assist their students on a road to success without the possibility academic dishonesty.
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