The Importance Of Cheating

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Are there long-term consequences when it comes to cheating? Being academically dishonest shows lack of integrity, which can have lasting effects on educational environments, students’ relationship, and damage reputations. Cheating is not something forced, it is a choice. Why is cheating so wrong? 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…show more content…
Specifically, colleges who do not take the consequences of cheating seriously tend to not mention it to their students at all. Even though some colleges do not enforce the importance of academic dishonesty, it’s all up to the students to value honesty and have “strong beliefs in their own morality. Thus, when feeling the opportunity to cheat, people seem to experience a conflict between their desire to maintain a positive self-image by behaving honestly and their desire to advance their self-interest by crossing ethical boundaries. One way to resolve this apparent conflict is to cheat only a little, reinterpreting the incriminated behavior as an honest mistake” (Ethical Systems). When a student cheats, they are lying to their teachers and their peers. They do this because they do not want their reputation to be ruined. Along with lying to others, they are lying to themselves. Regardless, there is not a valid excuse to cheat. It is the student’s decision to cheat and show lack of integrity. With this in mind, why do cheaters assume it is not their fault when the cheat? Often cheaters let themselves get away with cheating because “people behave dishonestly just enough to profit from their unethicality… we tend to be ‘moral hypocrites,’ judging unethical behaviors in others but not in ourselves.” (Ethical Systems) Students frequently judge other students who do cheat, but they make up excuses to maintain their integrity when they cheat. Students fear that they will appear as mendacity but, what they do not know is that blaming others for their actions is deceit. Some schools’ environments can influence students to cheat but in the end, it is the student's decision to cheat and be a

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