Importance Of Academic Dishonesty

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Academic dishonesty is not ethical. Honesty is a key factor in morals; when a person commits some form of academic dishonesty, he or she is going against what is morally and ethically correct. Being honest is important because people will be more likely to trust that person and Lying immediately gives people a reason to not trust that person. Everyone makes mistakes but lying is not a mistake and people will not easily forgive the person that lied to them. If they lied once they could lie again. Academic dishonesty also goes against a person’s personal integrity of being honest with his or her actions and doing what he or she believe is right. If a person has good personal integrity, he or she would possibly turn themselves in if he or she …show more content…
Think of it as this, if a student saw someone bullying another person should he report it? Informing a teacher that a student is cheating comes with its downfalls. His or her classmates may not trust him or her anymore because they may think that since he or she snitched on this person, then he or she can turn on everyone else. Telling the teacher could also cause that student to lose his or her friends. It’s morally correct so why would they turn on him or her? The friends of the student that reported the cheating do not want to be friends him or her; they may be harassed or they may believe that the student will snitch on them too.
Academic dishonesty is definitely avoidable. Educators already teach their students about how to properly cite a source in a paper, how to paraphrase, and the consequences of cheating. They keep an eye out for wandering eyes and work that seems like it may have been stolen. Before test taking they also make sure that a student’s testing area is clear of anything that he or she can get answers from. Most teachers do what is stated above, but if the number of students cheating has risen then maybe some teacher are not
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A study shows that “in the 1940s, 20 percent of college students admitted to cheating in high school. Today, between 75 and 98 percent of college students each year report having cheated in high school” (Abramek 2). The increase in cheating is due to the advancement in technology and the extra pressure of getting good grades in school. Academic dishonesty is a heavy burden for a student to carry on his or her own back through high school, college, and the rest of his or her life. From the moment a student commits a form of cheating he or she will always be known as a cheater or someone who finds the easy way through difficult tasks. Cheating is not always intentional, but when it is purposeful it is mostly because of too much stress, pressures to get excellent grades, influences from social media, and/or classmates that commit the act also. There are many simple ways to prevent and avoid cheating that can easily be taught by teachers. Students can practice what their teacher teaches them in order to not carry out any act of academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty is an issue that is not being dealt with while more and more students are committing the act and getting away with

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