Academic Fraud : Student Athletes Essay

1745 Words Dec 11th, 2014 7 Pages
Academic honesty is a cornerstone of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) student-athlete model. It is based upon the view that student-athletes will satisfy and meet the same academic standards as their non-athlete students. Unfortunately, academic fraud continues to be an ongoing problem on a majority of NCAA campuses. Student-athletes are student’s first, athletes second. There should be no special treatment for these students just because they play a particular sport. In order to stop these student-athletes from committing academic fraud punishments need to be stricter because college is for learning and gaining a better education for oneself. Bylaw 10.1-(b) oversees academic fraud in the NCAA compliance context (Brown &McCaw, 2012). Since 1990, the Division I Committee on Infractions has found that this bylaw has been violated in 23 major cases. These cases include examples of blatant academic wrongdoing such as the spreading of quiz answers to student-athletes, arranging for another person to take a student-athletes exam, third-party completion of course assignments for student-athletes and changing grades on transcripts (Brown & McCaw, 2012). When a student-athlete is related to an academic misconduct, institutions must decide whether the misconduct should be reported to the NCAA as a violation of the bylaws. An NCAA official states that an institution "is required to report" a violation of Bylaw 10.1-(b) (i.e, academic fraud) to the NCAA in either…

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