Academic Integrity Essay

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Academic Integrity Proverbs 4:6-7 “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” The principles of education are too often taken lightly and abused in the modern academic world. Academic Integrity is significant in a students’ scholastic journey because it comprises of understanding the severity of cheating, collaborating properly to avoid plagiarism, and the importance of hard work and unadulterated learning. Academic dishonesty in the form of cheating is presenting itself at an increasing rate throughout high schools and colleges the same. It is progressively becoming a
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So much so, that some would defend themselves by calling it a resource to get ahead. “In fact, 85% [of college students] think cheating is essential.” (N/A). In most cases, the scholar may have found themselves in a desperate situation dictated by fear in the moment that led to cheating. They were successful in the sense that they didn’t get caught and received the grade they hoped for. Now that student is wondering why they should bother to study at all when their neighbor in class clearly has it taken care of. They are complacent about not getting caught. Thus creating the vicious cycle of the repeat offender. As a prospective teacher, I simply cannot advocate for cheaters. The student that is taking shortcuts is inarguably hurting themselves academically, but is also hurting the teacher who took the time to try and educate said student. From the teacher’s perspective, cheating is, frankly, a slap in the face. My senior year in high school I had a close friend who was academically successful, and also was a very talented soccer player. We had an exam in our government class …show more content…
The first is to fully understand what is considered cheating for the specific assignment. For example, if a group assignment is being worked on, the only concern is to ensure you’ve done your part within the group. Also, a certain professor may specify what they consider cheating, plagiarism, or academic dishonesty. Lastly, always be sure to take not of sources in order to avoid being accused of plagiarism. Stealing somebody else’s work is never acceptable, just unfair. For an example of collaborating instead of colluding, my calculus teacher had assigned my class a project that was somewhat difficult to complete by the due date. When we talked to her about it, she agreed to adjust the guidelines, we were allowed to work together as long as we turned in separate projects. Since, in this case, the teacher previously confirmed the boundaries, there was no wrongdoing in our collaboration. It is of the utmost importance to steer clear of cheating and plagiarizing, and to prioritize getting a genuine

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