Why Plagiarism Is Not Unethical Academic Behavior Essay

2349 Words Nov 10th, 2014 10 Pages
Abstract Academic dishonesty, specifically cheating and plagiarism, has recently increased in popularity. Students are more likely to justify unethical academic behavior. New technology such as cell phones have provided students with new ways to cheat. Plagiarism has also been influenced through technology, such as Internet companies, that have emerged and provide wrong solutions to academic assignments.

What is integrity? Many perceive it as just a word that is used by scholars or something you learn as you mature with age but in reality, integrity is much more than that. Integrity is what we are taught throughout life, one of the many morals that our parents prayed they instilled in us enough before they sent us off into the world. They want us to stick to our morals and our honesty above all else. Integrity according to Webster’s Dictionary is, “a rigid adherence to a code of behavior”. Charles Swindoll once said “Real integrity stays in place whether the test in adversity or prosperity” (Good Reads, 2014, p.1) and I would have to agree. There are many ways to identify integrity in a person. A person with integrity possesses qualities, such as honesty, the ability to follow a moral code, and loyalty to yourself and your beliefs. For example, from the moment we could talk our parents, teachers, and mentors were constantly reminding us to tell the truth and to be honest. I grew up in a home where I was able to be open and honest with my…

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