Policies And Consequences Of Academic Dishonesty In College Sports

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Academic honesty is the use of ones owns thoughts and materials in a piece or writing, test taking, or other educational activities. Academic Integrity is often put to trial with student athletes. However, because of a history of problems associated with college sports, campuses had to develop policies and consequences for a failure to abide to academic honesty. “Since 1990, the Division I Committee on Infractions has found violations of this bylaw in 23 major infractions cases” (McCaw 2012). Student athlete expectations are to exceed on the field and in the books. With limited time many athletes will resort to finding an easier way to do so. Examples of academic dishonesty, are the dissemination of quiz answers to student athletes who are …show more content…
Studies have also shown that each individual differs in their reason for cheating, such as gender, grade point average, competitive achievement and self esteem. Understanding and accepting academic integrity policies is the first step in preventing academic dishonesty within a university. Student athletes must understand these policies and how they can differ significantly in their content and in the manner they are communicated. For example, a student who may have taken a quiz before another student should not discuss the questions with a fellow student who has not taken the quiz. Many students lack the understanding of what cheating may be. This lack of understanding and communication from administration may lead students to cheat on …show more content…
Some cases include coaches, tutors or classmates giving student athletes answers to quiz’s, writing their essays and taking online courses for them. David Goldfield a professor of history at the University of North Carolina states, “When there’s pressure applied you’re going to get a reaction, and the reaction we’re seeing is academic fraud cases” (Powers 2007). It has become difficult to track down all academic dishonesty cases because many of them involve a larger scale of authority involved in some cases. They can involve wrongdoing by people in all parts of the institution and often are not reported. If there is an increase of reports in the last couple years, it is because people are reporting the infractions now. Simply adding more tutors and graduate students does not get at the problem because these lower level employees feel the pressure to make a coach happy and keep an athlete

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