Academic Integrity: Why Do College Students Cheat?

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“About 75 percent of college students admit to cheating, suggesting that probably even more than three quarters of college students have done something against the rules to improve their grades.”(Cheating) Although a college student may think it’s okay to cheat and get away with it, Academic Integrity defines the perfect college student as putting in honest effort. The most important element of academic integrity would be putting in honest effort such as, no cheating, responsibility, etc. Although putting in honest effort might be hard for a college student, it is rather being safe than sorry. Honest effort is being responsible for one’s work, projects, and essays. It’s respecting themselves by doing what they need to get done the honest way. …show more content…
“He found in one study that about two-thirds of college students admit to cheating on tests, homework and assignments.”(Strauss) There are various types of cheating such as, plagiarism, googling answers, and copying another student’s work. Some students actually cheat accidentally so it always important to know the basics how not to cheat. Cheating can also be letting someone else copy your work, even though the student isn’t cheating, they are still letting the other student cheat. But to ask why college students do it, is the real question. If cheating can lead to getting a college student expelled from the school, why do it? Although schools have honor codes and consequences for cheating, that does not stop some students from doing it. I remember in my AP government class before a test, my teacher put an answer key, or so we thought they were the answers, on the podium as soon as you walked into the classroom. I seen it but didn’t feel right to take a picture of it like the other students did. They eventually put those answers on the answer key and automatically failed because they were all wrong. The teacher did this to see how many students would cheat of course. The outcome was not only that they failed the test, but also got written up and had to explain in a meeting why they cheated to their parents, teacher, principle, and academic dean. There are many

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